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Old 05-19-2010, 03:29 PM   #1
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I was just wondering who has started training with the new measurement weave poles? Have you found it harder or easier for small dogs, or big dogs? Our club bought a set of them and we will be setting them up tonight.

I am not doing them with Remmy as I have a trial coming up and don't want to confuse him. However, with Kiska, as she has just started Agility and won't be competing till after they start using them, I thought I would train her on them from the start.

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My dogs see everything from 20" to 24" poles in competition. Asher loves the 24" poles. The first time he saw them, he struggled to get the proper stride, and wound up popping out several times as he lost ground. But he soon learned how to compensate. He now goes really low and powers through them. I think he prefers them.

Asher is 16.25" at the withers. he single steps the poles.

Aslan, on the other hand, does not prefer the 24" poles. His favorite is the 22" spacing. He loves those. He slows down his bunny hop through the poles quite a bit when they are 24".

I own 22" poles t my school, but will be picking up a set of 24" poles in about two weeks. I do have 24" 2X2 poles, though.

Most dogs with any experience can easily transfer from 20" all the way to 24" poles without any issues except a little increase or decrease in speed.
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My workplace has them ordered, but they're not here yet. I'm curious to see how Ash reacts, though we're not out of guides yet, and on the training set we're CLOSE to closed.
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Remmy is only nine inches at the shoulder so I found on the 24" weaves he seemed to have to add a few extra steps here and there and did not have the rhythm he had with the closer spaced poles. I only tried it a couple of times as he will be running the 18-21 inch poles in his trials this summer.

I am sure he will adapt once I start training him on the 24" ones.

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He will adapt. He'll figure out the rhythm he needs for the extra 2 inches (which for people who don't do agility means an extra two feet to the poles in total....a lot for a tiny dog...or any sized dog for that matter).
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