Monday, December 2, 2013

Mad Agility Skills

Maddie is nearly 17 months now.  I am pretty sure she is about 26 and half inches tall.  Basically, she is the size of my male, Travis, who passed away five years ago, but not quite as heavy.  He probably was 5 pounds heavier.

Ziva and Maddie in April 2013 (above and below)

My friend, Maggie, and her Dutch Shepherd, Ziva, came out to train on my field last week. We used to let Maddie and Ziva play together when they were younger so Maggie and Ziva are a huge distraction for Maddie. The last time they came to train, Maddie was awful!
This time, Maddie was awesome! I felt like Maddie was interested and attentive to me the entire time. Towards the end, we even had both dogs on the field and took turns doing sequences and again, Maddie stayed with me.

Here is a short video of our training:
Also, someone asked in the comments last time why I was using two methods for training weave poles, 2X2s and Weave-A-Matics. I am playing around with both because 2X2s are great for teaching entrances to the weave poles from all different angles, but it encourages the dog to bounce through them with 2 feet at a time. Typically, this works well for small dogs and it works well for Seven. But she is my only greyhound to use the 2 foot weaving style.
The Weave-A-Matics encourages a 1 foot style which generally works better for big dogs. Below is a picture of Travis weaving with the 1 foot style.
Riley usually does too.
So I am experimenting with both methods to see what I can get with Maddie. After teaching Seven to weave, I am definitely not opposed to the 2 foot style if it is the dog's preference, but Maddie is 2 and half inches taller, quite a bit longer, and 10 pounds heavier than Seven so I want to make sure she is encouraged to give it a try.

14 comments:

K-Koira said...

Interesting about the different weave styles the different kinds of training help with. I've never really heard anyone talk about how to train one foot or two, or that one style encourages one or the other. But it makes sense that they would.

gyeong said...

Sounds like Maddie is well on her way to becoming a focused agility dog.

What Remains Now said...

Maddie is a superstar! She's so playful.

Andrea said...

Would you mind doing a post specifically on training the weave poles? I'm working on this right now with my dogs and even with weekly lessons we are still having a bit of difficulty.

Ximena said...

Maddie looks great!

I'm pretty sure that encouraging single-stepping through the weaves was covered in Susan's 2x2 Weaves DVD and all her BCs single-step through their weaves. Is it just the larger dogs that you've seen double-stepping through the poles after doing 2x2 training? It would make sense that it would happen in the larger breeds, but not in general. Even Elli, who is only up to 4 poles, single-steps... though she's much smaller than Maddie/greyhounds.

Claire Krigbaum said...

She looks amazing, so exciting!

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

She looks great! She looks focused and happy! Very interesting about the weaving. I'll have to keep up with how that is working out for you. Kili is 15 months and is just starting weave poles now. We are trying out the 2x2 method. I will have to remember to ask my trainer next session about the 1-foot vs. 2-foot thing resulting from 2x2.

angelofthemind said...

Go Maddie! She's looking so good!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Andrea, I would definitely get a set of training weave poles (whatever you are using in your lessons) to work on at home several times a week. I have done lots of posts on weave poles... I don't really have a specific method. I used WAM for Katie and Travis. Channels for Reagan. Guides and WAM for Riley. Played around with all sorts of things with Seven... finally putting her on leash and making her pull through the weaves helped a lot... but I think 2X2 would have worked really well for her. I went back and did 2X2 with both Seven and Riley for entrances. Now working on Maddie with mostly 2X2s and some WAM. So I am not sure what I would write. Might go back and look at each dog's weave training posts.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Ximena, yes, you are correct. I only have 3 2X2 poles (6) so I'm borrowing another set this weekend so I can do 12. I want to see how that goes.

Team Zero Gravity said...

Interesting about Seven. Blaze learned 2x2s for weaves but he does not do the 2 foot bounce. He does 1 foot style. I winder if it's just Seven and that she would do the 2 foot style regardless of how she learned. Going forward, any new dogs for me will likely learn 2x2 :)

Hazel said...

I've never been involved with agility, but love watching it. I can see the results of your hard work and smart dogs!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I think it was me that asked why the different weave training methods :) Interesting. Maddie looks to be getting the hang of it really well. She's so enthusiastic.

Ruby The Whippet said...

Maddie looks so happy training agility. It's all coming together now :)