Cindy found an inexpensive make-do weave pole set! I found some electric fence plastic 48 inch tall step in plastic poles that are perfect for me to use for training at home. A good picture should be at Deer Fencing.
She only paid $1.85 each at TSC (Tractor Supply), so a set of 12 was inexpensive. They have metal spikes on the end, and they are “step in.”
These fence posts can also be used as jump standards.
You can also use them for the sides for Jumps . Just cut the 3/4″ 10″ PVC
pole in half. Cut a notch on each end and rest them on the tabs that are on the
poles. Jump for about $4.00!!
And to make them look more regulation, try adding some PVC
I use the step in electric fence poles as well, and get PVC pipe in a diameter that slides over the top of the fence poles. I tape the poles as well. That way the dogs get the same view of the weaves as they would have at a trial. The diameter is a little bigger than regulation as it needs to go over the wire holder tabs on the fence poles. But it is worth it, in that they go into the ground easily with the step on edge. I actually turn the step on edge in the direction that I don’t want the dogs to travel in on the weaves. This also keeps the edge out of the way of the dogs feet.
Some Issues you may want to consider:
- do you have rocky ground? if so, inserting them may be a challenge
- can you put them in a straight line?
- can you build a line to help you make consistent spacing? I.e. use a rope, tie knots it in at the appropriate intervals
- will you remember to move them before the ground freezes? If not…they will stay there until the ground softens again. This may or may not be an issue for you.
- Do you have the strength to pull them out again?