Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Weaving Dare

Dare has been a busy girl. In addition to her jump training, she just started her weaves too.

I spent a lot of time toying with the idea of training Dare using Susan Garrett's 2x2 method. I love the thought of the dogs figuring it out on their own, and having such a good idea of how to find the entrance. However, even after watching the Susan Garrett DVD, I don't think I have the confidence to try to train it. It's one of those methods where...if I thought I could get some help when I got stuck at a certain point, maybe I'd feel more inclined to try it. Since I don't really have anyone close to help me through the process though, I think I'll stick with something that I understand more easily. I figure I can spot if my dog is struggling because I've moved the channels in too quickly, or started removing guides too soon, etc. LOL

So, we started about a week and a half ago or so. here is video of her first day, channels fully open.

And a few days later, you can see the channels are closing just a little.

and yesterday...the channel is a little closer again, and I'm trying to vary my position in relation to her weaving. I want to be able to send her ahead of me, run along side and also be able to be in front.

I'm also really making an effort to use both food and toys as a reward. I tend to be more comfortable with the treat reward. I think that part of it is because I'm not that good at tossing a toy in the right spot. LOL (you'll see an example of my poor tossing skills in the first video). I've actually been out there practicing my tossing of the toy when we're not training to try to improve. Poor Dare, she's just got a dork of a mom to contend with sometimes. She's doing really well though. I'm really pleased with her progress.


  1. I have so much trouble throwing Oreo's toys too. He gets so angry with me if I do a bad throw. He'll spit the ball out right away, as if to say, "You suck mom." My dad keeps telling me I have to step forward with my left foot when I throw....but I just can't seem to that. LOL.

    Love the channel training. If I ever get another agility dog, that is definitely the way I will train weaves.

  2. Dare is doing so well and you can really see her progress from one video to another!

  3. I was watching the first two and thinking, "Wow, Dare doesn't even KNOW she's being trained, she just thinks this is a great fetch game!" LOL Katie would think the same thing, I think this is a great way to train weaves!

  4. I wish you were closer, I have done SG 2x2 from scratch with three dogs in the last year and a half and I LOVE it. It really is way easier then you would think and I LOVE how it teaches dogs to look for the weave opening. Dare is doing marvelously and her weaves look wonderful, really coming along!