A Weave Pole Exercise

This is an exercise taken from the set of the floor using our league play game (http://wp.me/pmSZZ-C3). It was an easy set-up, split the weave poles and move them apart.

There’s a real know-thy-dog quality to any approach to the weave poles. Does the dog undeniably understand the entrance to the weave poles? Or, does the approach to the weave poles have to be shaped? If the dog really understands the entry… and moreover understands how to collect himself to weave correctly after he’s entered… then this exercise is vastly simplified for the handler. The handler can, in that case, point and shoot.

However, if the handler must shape the dog’s approach to the weave poles this exercise is a complete riddle in terms of how to create the square approach and how the handler might be on the side of the weave poles in order to be in a control position later on.

The handler should make the attempt to create tight and efficient turns on both the #2 jump and the #6 jump. We do a lot of work with pre-cuing the turn to a dog in motion. Letting the dog know he’s going to turn in advance is more than a simple matter of saving seconds or collapsing the dog’s turning radius; it also allows the dog to jump under control, into the turn, and saves on the wrenching wear and tear on the dog’s front end.

I’m not going to go through the blow-by-blow of the handling. There are actually several sublime solutions (and a raft of not-so-sublime solutions). But  I should point out that if the handler is going to pre-cue the turn at jump #6 he’d probably be thinking about sending the dog to jump #5 in order to be forward of the dog for the #6 jump.

Bud’s Google-proof Trivia Contest

For exercise: Reorganize the letters in the following word ~ ACCEEHIILNNOSST … and you should leave out one!

Go Google that one!

First correct answer, posted as a reply to this blog post, wins a free copy of the June Jokers Notebook.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston: BudHouston@hughes.net. Check out my latest publication the Jokers Notebook ~ Dog Agility Distance Training Plan – June 2010 available on the Country Dream Web Store: http://countrydream.wordpress.com/web-store/ . Readers of my web log get a discount: Enter “special05” in the box for the discount code. And that will take $5.00 off the price of the order.

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3 Responses to “A Weave Pole Exercise”

  1. lucy Says:

    I took out one and rearranged the letters ACCEEHIILNNOSST
    and got Calisthenics. Am I right? Am I first? Do I win?

  2. Carole Says:

    I get: Calisthenics. Good mental exercise, too!

  3. Ronni Says:

    I was lazy and googled it at an anagram solver website…it’s hard to google-proof anything.

    Good luck to you and Kory next weekend!

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