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Weeel- as previously stated, I used a clicker & rewarded with a toy. But yes, I faded the clicker out ... this is a big fun game. Only problem is, Morag snapped off two of the poles yesterday. Damn cold weather.

For some bizarre reason, the poles I got from Max 200 have a slit cut in the base of them. Well believe you me, almost every one of them suckers has been broken off. My next project, new poles for my set...
For some bizarre reason, the poles I got from Max 200 have a slit cut in the base of them.

Weird! Next time I run on Max200 equipment, I'll have to take a look... though I'm not sure if I'm doing any NJ trials this year.
Well believe you me, almost every one of them suckers has been broken off. My next project, new poles for my set...

When I get around to buying weaves, it's going to be the kind with a metal base & rods sticking up to drop the PVC poles over. That way, when they get broken, it'll be easy to replace them.
My current ones are stick-in-the-grounds, and Morag snaps them off right at the base. LAST winter, she broke two by bowling her basketball into them. Sigh.
For some bizarre reason, the poles I got from Max 200 have a slit cut in the base of them.

When I get around to buying weaves, it's going to be the kind with a metal base & rods sticking ... Morag snaps them off right at the base. LAST winter, she broke two by bowling her basketball into them. Sigh.

The Max 200 ones are this way, but I don't like them as well as the Duncan weaves (www.actionk9.com). I love the Duncan channels. And you can slip the poles down into the tube in the base. I think that prevents more breakage.
I gave up on stick in the grounds years ago. In a single pass, even in frozen ground, they became V sets (weave-a-matic). They don't provide enough resistance for my dogs, then when confronted with stiff weaves in competition, they get hung.
...She knows what the "no" command means because I back it up constantly.

Why would you do that? My dogs know that the word "no" means "stop what you're doing" not an association that was made overnight, but now that they know what "no" means, I don't have to "back it up" more than once in awhile.
This means that I can give the command from a distance and be obeyed. Handy, that.
As for the specific example of a mouthing dog, it's been so long since that's been an issue that I'm not sure I remember all the steps that went into correcting it. Dukie still gets a little grabby when he's excited, but a simple "ah-ah" brings that into line.

Of course, Labs and ACDs are such easy, non-oral dogs that nipping and mouthing are rarely an issue... (yes, that's sarcasm)
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I gave up on stick in the grounds years ago. In a single pass, even in frozen ground, they became V sets (weave-a-matic).

LOL!! This is one of my favorite dog-memories of all time.

I taught SheBop weaves one at a time. Soon "the lightbulb went off over her head" and she got the idea that she was supposed to weave in and out. Agility being for fun only (she has ED), I quickly set up 12 stick-in-the-grounds to see just how wicked-smart the *** really was.
Got her all torqued up for a bumper at the end and then cut her loose - and she plowed down all 12 poles. All but two correctly displaced to either side (two in a row one way), 10 laying flat out like pick-up sticks.

Tally:
Three broken poles,
that entire section of yard plowed and unfit for stick-ins for some time, a dog with an encouragable habit,
but the memory of just how funny it was -
priceless!!
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Got her all torqued up for a bumper at the end and then cut her loose - and she plowed ... for some time, a dog with an encouragable habit, but the memory of just how funny it was - priceless!!

Laugh, yeah, BTDT. But seriously, for big drivey dogs I think stick in the grounds are not only inconvenient, but they teach the dog that weaves are easy to get out of the way. The eventual result was that when Viva hit real poles she slammed them hard and got hung in them many times. Once she yanked a set out of the ground and dragged them, and their 10" long anchoring pins, to the tunnel with her.

I've taught Cala on stiff poles from day 1, but I'm not sure she still won't have some problems..we'll see.
I gave up on stick in the grounds years ago. In a single pass, even in frozen ground, they became V sets (weave-a-matic).

Yup. When I work with Mw, I have to straighten the durn things every other pass or so. If I didn't have regular access to "real" weaves in class, I'd've replaced my SITG's long ago.
As it is, though, they work for building drive with Morag- who is lightweight and limber enough that she doesn't get hung up in regular ones (she's only slightly wider than Rocsi, despite being nearly a foot taller)- and for general work with Rocsi- who is so small that she never touches the poles; she's shorter than the space between 'em.
I gave up on stick in the grounds years ago. In a single pass, even in frozen ground, they became V sets (weave-a-matic).

Yup. When I work with Mw, I have to straighten the durn things every other pass or so. If I ... work with Rocsi- who is so small that she never touches the poles; she's shorter than the space between 'em.

Makes sense. Unfortunately for dogs with some chest width they just have very limited use.
Tonight I was practicing front crosses and weave entries. The entry was about 45 degrees onside, then right 90 degrees to a jump and another hard 90 right. So we blasted through the poles, gorgeous entry, did the right, and she kept right on going. Straight. There I was, standing there, my shoulders turned, as Cala went flying 50 feet across the ring gaily taking everything in her path, only to curve back to me and take the jump I wanted her to take backwards. Sigh...
So we blasted through the poles, gorgeous entry, did the right, and she kept right on going. Straight. There I ... everything in her path, only to curve back to me and take the jump I wanted her to take backwards. Sigh...

ROFL. Hey, at least she did figure out eventually that you weren't going with her.
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