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I've spent hours making different weaves with varying degrees of success. Jamie was quite happy using a makeshift affair that I'd put together with metal strapping and Sasha managed quite well with a channel weave made from poles taken out of a windbreak and also a v-weave that I made from plastic pipe. I did buy a set of Jesse Jump stick in the ground weaves and then I bought a set of much sturdier stick in the ground weave poles with webbing spacers. Finally I bought a good heavy metal weave base and made the weave poles myself and this is what I now use for training.

A v-weave made from plastic pipe

Jesse stick in the ground weave poles


How are you training the weave?

There are several different ways of training the weave and the most popular at the moment is
the 2 x 2 method.  For this you can use stick in the ground poles as you can use them in any configuration you want.

Channel weaves are also popular and again you can use the stick in the ground poles to make the channel.

I trained Jilly by using stick in the ground poles set at an angle so that they formed a v-weave.  The problem with this was that when I wanted to use the poles upright Jilly kept knocking them sideways so that they went into a v shape again and this caused her to start missing poles at training classes.

Sasha learned using the channel method and this suited her completely. The channel weave made from windbreak poles is shown below.

Dear old Jamie learned by the old fashioned method of leading him through the poles until the penny dropped.  All three dogs learned to do a reliable weave entry. 

I did try to teach Jilly the 2 x 2 method but she just couldn't get the hang of going through the two poles.  She was going round them both all the time so I changed the method of training before she got fed up and she quickly picked up the idea after that.

Now that she can weave I use a heavy metal base for training but to get a reliable entry and to train new angles it's useful to put a 2 x 2 'gate' at the start of the weave.  You can buy metal based 2 x 2 gates or use a couple of stick in the ground poles.

Please don't be tempted to use bamboo canes with plastic pipe over them.  Bamboo snaps very easily it can injure the dog. 

Don't be tempted to start training until your dog is old enough.  Weaving is very hard on the spine and repeatedly asking a puppy to go through weave poles may cause problems later in life.  14 or 15 months is about the right age although I think I'd be tempted to leave a bigger breed such as a golden retriever for a bit longer.

Don't be tempted to teach your little puppy to run through channel weaves all the time.  You need to move the poles inwards as soon as possible and you won't be able to do this until the puppy is old enough.

Stick in the ground weave poles

The advantages of these is that they are cheap to buy and you can use them in any configuration you want to.  Some dogs can go through a set of weave poles and hardly touch them.

The disadvantage is that they tend to fall over if you have a dog like Jilly that crashes through the weave.  When we had a long spell of dry weather the poles wouldn't stick in the ground at all as is was too dry and crumbly to hold them.


Here are some of the ebay auctions.  As you can see there are loads of weave poles for sale. Jesse jump poles are usually the cheapest but Johns Agility poles or Agility Jump4joy are sturdier.

The webbing spacers are really worth buying as they save a lot of time and hassle.

If you're making your own weave poles you can also buy the pipe end blanks from ebay and sticky back plastic.  (Blue Peter had to come in somewhere.)

If you have a metal base it may also be worth buying a few stick in the ground poles to use as 2 x 2 gates.





I found that buying a proper metal weave base was really worthwhile for Jilly.  She crashes through the weave like a bull in a china shop and anything less than a heavy metal base with proper poles is flattened in her wake. 

If you want to buy a metal base ask around locally as there will often be someone who makes them for clubs and trainers and they may be cheaper than anywhere else.  My weave base cost £125 without the poles. 

I made the poles myself and it's quite easy to do.  I found Screwfix was by far the cheapest for the pipe.  I needed 32mm pipe cut to 762mm lengths. 

I used sticky backed plastic to make a coloured band for the top of each pole and I bought some end blanks to finish them off from ebay.  Here's Jilly and Sasha trying them out for the first time.


Here are the Kennel Club regs on the weaves.

The minimum number of poles should be five and the maximum number 12.

They should be in a continuous line, as straight as possible and should be 600mm(1ft 115⁄8 ins) apart (between the poles).
The poles must be of rigid construction and with a minimum height of 762mm(2ft 6ins) and a diameter between 32mm(1¼ ins) and 38mm(1½ins).

The base must have support bars at the bottom of each pole and they must be positioned away from the side a dog would normally negotiate each pole.


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