Here's the 6 minute video of 26 Excellent Class dogs in a T2B run, slowed down to 40-50% speed.
Do you know how your dog weaves?
Several things I noticed:
- Almost all dogs have the same rear foot action - a two foot hop, regardless what the front feet are doing.
- A few large one-stepping dogs only put down one back foot also, or barely touch the other foot down.
- All dogs push out of the last weave with 2 front feet.
- All dogs head check their handler as they leave the last space unless the handler is already ahead of them.
- Some dogs push the poles with their head or shoulders, to straighten their line, which probably improves their speed. They leave the poles all aquiver. Other dogs don't touch the poles.
- Leading into the space with the outside foot sometimes, other times with the inside foot.
- Both front feet land simultaneous sometimes, other times it's a stutter landing.
- One footing it sometimes, two footing it other times.
- One footing it on one side, two footing it on the other side, consistently.
- Even in consistent two steppers, they sometimes land on the outside foot first and the inside foot other times, or always land on the same foot first no matter which side of the weaves they are on.
- Some dogs combine all of the above within a single pass through the weaves.
- An inordinate number of dogs pop out at the 10th weave. Why is that?
- Always practice on channel weaves except a week before a trial.
- Trainers close the channel weaves too quickly, before their dogs commit the performance to muscle memory.
- I don't care how my dogs weave, as long as they know they have to get through them.
Last year I posted a still shot study of the various front foot action, plus a slo-mo video of rear foot weave action. You can view that study at this post.
Upwards and onward!