Weave Training Class Lesson 1

With most dogs we can teach them to go up and over the dogwalk, through the tunnel, over a jump, or around a barrel in one session. With weave poles we often leave out steps in training so that they seem harder than they need to be.

We are going to be working on “channel weaves” with the goal to be able to weave 6 straight up poles with no guides in 6 weeks. This method is the easiest to replicate at home in the back yard because their are no complicated gates, or wires. However, if this system is not working for your dog then we will find something that does. There are lots of methods out there!

Here are some example videos to get you started:

The following video was made by local trainer, Nancy Tanner, about 8 years ago. I like how she says, “itty bitty steps”.

Finally if I still have you here is my Potato Weave explanation:

Here is a video of Prim in a local park proofing our backyard performance:

Have fun practice 3-5 minutes a day!


Week #4 Homework

Here is the test that my first RDM group took in late 2016. So far everyone in this class has shown that they would pass so your test next week will push you harder. Take a sneak peak and practice what you can!image

Week 3 Homework

Unfortunately the flu hit a couple of our folks this week, plus a planned absence. For homework this week I am going to assign a few things that we worked on in class.

  1. We reviewed 4 feet in a box and 2 feet on a plate and working on marking movement of the hind feet. For the box (which should be getting smaller and smaller) mark as the hind feet go in. With the plate start to shape the dog pivoting with their hindfeet around the plate. You can use a little pressure to get them started but quickly back out of the picture so that the dog is thinking on their own about what their feet are doing.
  2. We reviewed backing up in the chute. Now start to ask you dog to back onto a different surface or a low dog bed. Again “mark” when the back feet hit the new surface.
  3. If you have a sturdy box then flip it over. Ask your dog to go up and over it and then “mark” as your dog’s front feet hit the ground. This is the foundation for a two feet on two feet off contact in agility. Reward for duration and release with an “OK”
  4. For Fun! Since the dogs are now very aware of their feet we pulled one of the ladders in the barn out and had the dogs walking through the ladder. We also circled the barn mulitiple times walking on a loose leash back to the ladder.
  5. Finally we had fun in the round pen sending the dogs around some cones in a figure “8”. This is fun to recreate at home with dining room chairs or stools.

Next Ranch Dog Manners Class

The next Ranch Dog Manners Class will start on Tuesday January 10th (moved back one week due to cold snap). Right now we are filling the class that starts at 5:15 and if there is enough interest we will add a 4pm class again. Cost is $120 and the class is 4 weeks, but will be taught over 5 to account for weather, illness, etc.

Graduation Day Video

Congratulations to everyone that was brave enough to try Ranch Dog Manners. In a short 5 weeks we saw so much improvement on all of the dogs. From recent rescues to well bred purebreds every dog saw massive improvement from Week One (taught in sign language for all the barking) to Week Five when all of the dogs eagerly anticipated their next task. Thank you to Kaya for handing Rey for me. It was a special experience for Rey and I could recommend to any adult that they have a gifted child work with their dog in a class for extra special socialization. The most special pass was Border Terrier, Kasey, who had no interest in stock. She could be turned loose on any farm to do a terrier’s job without harassing the stock!