Arguably one of the toughest obstacles to teach a good, independent and fast performance.
Things to keep in mind:
- you want your dog focusing on the weaves and making decisions, not focusing on you.
- you want your dog to get the correct entry regardless of where you are standing
- you want your dog to do them as quickly as possibly without missing any poles
Methods that are used to teach weaves:
- 2 by 2
- channel weaves
- Shaping using clicker training
Each method will have it’s pros and cons.
- Luring… Teaches good footing quickly, but how does one fade the lure and hand-signals?
- 2 by 2 … fastest way to teach correct entries, may take time to add new poles
- channels – dogs learn speed then need to learn how to maintain speed while weaving,
- Weave-a-matics — teaches good footing early on, speed can come easily, but closing the weaves all the way can take time
- clicker training — takes time and patience. Can go quickly if you have a clicker savvy dog.
There may be other methods to training, but these are the ones that I know.