SUMMARY: Some exercises.Because Boost missed a lot of weave entries last weekend, I decided to work on weave entries with both dogs for a bit. Again. I am so tired of weave entry drills, but it's been long enough now since I really drilled entries that I'm ready to face them again.
Here's how I started.
I want to aim the dog at the first pole because that's what I want her to focus on, not on the gap. That's because there are a lot of gaps but only one first pole. From a distance of 10 feet, of course, I'm not going to be able to ensure that's where she's looking, but it gives her a chance to think about it.
I also make sure that my body and shoulders are facing that first pole. I release and send with my left arm and leg, but don't take more steps towards the poles.
As the dog makes the entry, I turn my body (feet and shoulders) and run parallel to the weaves so that I can toss a quick reward at the end of the poles and so that the dog is used to me moving with her.
Next, I will do the same pattern with the dog on my right. I expect this to be harder.
Next, I will do a similar pattern arcing around the other side of the poles, with the dog first on my right, then on my left.
I intend to repeat similar patterns from different distances. F'rinstance, can I stand right up next to the last pole with the dog on my opposite side and send the dog from there? (So she's going almost paralell the length of the poles back to the beginning.) Can I do it from 30 feet away, not just 10 feet?
I also intend to do it with the dog starting at the end with the flower pot.
I'm doing this with 6 poles because I just don't want to do that many sets of full 12 weaves.
I will next add similar patterns, but instead of going straight to the poles, add a jump in between. Of course this would be from much farther away. Also probably do it from a tunnel. My goal is to get the dog up to speed so she's going full tilt and has to think and gather to make the entries.
I'll mix it up with doing sets of 12 here and there to keep them used to the longer sets, and I will also try some patterns around the full set of 12. Boost seems to make her entrances better when there are only 6 poles; maybe she is dazzled by all the gaps in a set of 12 poles and can't process where to start.