Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Weave Pole Dilemma - Part 2

Katie, one foot weaving back when weave poles were flexible.
Ideally, Seven would learn the one foot style of weaving.  All of my good weaving greyhounds have used the one foot style of swinging a front leg around a pole and then swinging the other front leg around the next pole. 
Riley one foot weaving - Megan Underwood
The other method is a two foot style where the dog bounces through the weave poles placing two feet on the same side at the same time. 
Travis one foot weaving.
In the last post, I showed Seven working on pulling me through channel weave poles using a mostly one foot style.  I have paired that method with the 2X2 method (I will describe in future post).  The 2X2 method is great for teaching the dog how to enter the weave poles correctly from any angle (left shoulder has to pass the first weave pole for a correct entry).  Seven has been doing very well with the 2X2 method, but when I watched this video, I realized that she is using the two foot style.
Honestly, I do not care which method Seven chooses as long as she can do it well.  So far, she becomes quite jumbled and unable to 2 foot weave when the weave poles are not offset.  This makes me think that the one foot style makes more sense.  For now, I will stick with having her pull me through the channel weaves until she is able to weave with the poles in a straight line.  I hope to go back to the 2X2s and teach her entrances, but would prefer to wait until she has committed to a style of weaving.

9 comments:

houndstooth said...

How long does it usually take a dog to decide which style they're going to use?

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Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

I wish Layla would one-foot them. It just doesn't look right for her to keep hopping through. Apparently she finds it more comfortable though.

greytblackdog said...

I wonder if she will naturally adapt as she gets better at it? That 2x2 method is awesome. Roxy hated the channel method. Something taping her toes on the poles. For some reason, she never balked at attempting the 2x2 method. I guess it looked different to her.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

It's going to be interesting to see which method she does finally decide on. I hope it's the one-foot style, that looks so awesome! Interesting video. She's certainly making lots of progress.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

It generally does not take long for them to pick a stlye of weaving. Its just that Seven didn't follow any norms and i don't like the alternative. So its definitely taking longer cause its not what she is offering naturally.

Amy, Layla's 2 foot style looks great. I'd be happy with that from Seven. Don't mess with it. :-)

Anonymous said...

What about thinking about this from a different perspective than "strict" agility? Choose activities/exercises that "force" Seven to individuate her steps, both right/left and front/hind... A few ideas that come to mind are "pick-up-sticks"-- jump rails strewn on the ground haphazardly (and on top of each other) that Seven would have to _slowly_ pick her way through, one foot at a time. Or traditional cavalletti. Or a cavalletti "wagon wheel" with spokes that are higher in the middle (propped up on a hay bale or a couple of tires), and lower at the outer ends. Or even just slow stair work- stepping up each step, one at a time.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I did work her on cavalettis and the wagon wheel awhile back (but never posted about it), but decided it worked on up and down motion which is my problem with weave poles so I stopped. Made some discoveries this weekend I will post about soon.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Great idea though!