Weave Pole Wires

This page has been prompted by the numerous attempts to describe weave pole wires as well as ASCII character drawings. These usually appear in mail lists every 6 to 8 weeks.

Weave wires are a training aid for early development of muscle memory for the weaving activity. The term 'wires' is probably a generic term that can be applied to many different materials that are used to constrain the dog to the correct path.

In the following descriptions, the poles are numbered from 1 to whatever in order going away from the bottom of the picture. Pole #1 will appear to be closest.

Also note that these wire are attached to a set of "channel" weave bases. Channel weave poles are a technique that gradually decreases the spacing between the two sets of poles. This increases the amount of curve in the path. They help in this display since all the odd numbered poles are on one base and the even numbered ones are on the other. It is easier to see the organization of the wires.

Some of these pictures are easier to see (read bigger) if they are viewed on a eperate page. That would be the right button menu "View Image".

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Figure 1

This is a single weave pole wire. It is laying on top of a pause table. On each end is a connector which is a tube that slides down over a weave pole. Each pole then ends up with two connectors over it (except the first and last).

weave Wire

Figure 2

This is an angled view from above and in front of the poles. Wire #1 may be hard to see, but connects poles #1 to pole #3. Wire #2 connects pole #2 to pole #4. This alternating pattern continues to the end of the poles. From here you can see that the wires mark or constrain the path that the dog is to follow.

Side Angled view

Figure 3

This is a closer view of the beginning of the wires. Connections visible are #1<-->#3, #2<-->#4, #3<-->#5(out of picture) and #4<--> presumably #6).

The dog has only one unobstructed path into and through these poles.

Top View

Figure 4

This is the same set of poles from a slightly different angle. Again the path is obvious. If you look at the circled area, you will see two wire end connectors, stacked one above the other. In the next picture they are seperated for display purposes. <

View from above poles

Figure 5

This is a view of the exit end of the poles. I included it to show that each weave pole has two wires attached to it. I separated the connectors on each pole so you could see each individual wire.

wire ends seperated

Working with wires

The next question has to do with training with the wires. What height? Probably just below the shoulders would be good. The idea is that they are high enough that the dog can't jump over them to leave the pattern, but not so high that they can simply duck under them.

The question that then comes up is "Since this is just an aid, what happens when my dog works a set without wires?" Well, they may view those weave poles as something completly different. My dog did. In that case I slowly (over weeks) moved the wires up (inch by inch). Eventually they were above his normal line of vision. Then I removed wires completely from the middle, leaving the ones at the enterance and exit. By now he was just seeing the weave poles and didn't care about what wires were where or how high; they were always changing, but the poles weren't.

Channel Weaves

Maybe another time; that is another story.

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