|Barked: Wed Oct 10, '12 12:45pm PST |
|It sounds less like you have a weave pole problem, and more like you have a motivation problem. I know Shelties can be a very sensitive group, so you may have to be extra careful in how you approach the weaves.
Things to keep in mind:
- Learning is inherently stressful.
- The weaves require more learning on behalf of the dog can any other obstacle.
- Handlers are inclined to drill and drill and drill the poles, which can bore and further stress a dog.
- Enthusiasm should be at least as important as accuracy while training agility.
I also think you should start over in the 2x2s. There's no shame in it - I had to restart Cohen with them after I'd inadvertently poisoned them while drilling them too long in class.
Seconding checking out the DVD too if you can.
Something I always have to remind our students of is to take a break! Intersperse a run through the poles with some fun tricks, play, chase, etc. Drilling the poles 'til your dog is bored and worn out won't do you any favours. I also like to suggest students utilize some opposition reflex while working on the weaves to add more enthusiasm and desire for the obstacle. Grab that collar, pull back, tease a bit then let him rip.
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