My dog Molly hated weave poles in the game of dog agility. Hated. Whenever we saw them in training or competition, she blew by them as though they were invisible. When I recalled her to me and helped her enter them, she would stress down, sniff, sneeze and shake her head – oozing stress. And if she weaved any slower, she would be moving backwards.
I knew when I saw Julie Daniels’ “Foundation Weaves - Love Them and Flaunt Them” class on Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, that we needed to enroll. Straight away, I liked that the class material was available for dogs at all levels. Beginners, in-progress or retraining. As the class progressed, this was very much true. The teams enrolled in a working (Gold Level) spot with Julie were from all walks of their agility life and she guided every single one of them with skill.
I also liked how versatile Julie is with the equipment required. A set of weaves is very spendy, even if you make your own. The downside of an online classroom is that you need to have more equipment at home, or wherever you will be training. However, Julie has a wide variety of inexpensive equipment options that teams working in this class can use. That is a big plus for those on a tight budget!
Molly and I enrolled in a working spot and I was very upfront about our major “weave baggage”. Not only did Molly have a dramatic stress reaction to the weave poles, so did I. But the course material made weaves…fun! Yes, fun! If I haven’t made it clear yet, this class is very versatile and so are the course materials. There are many different ways of training weave poles and Julie brings them together, blends them, adds things of her own and then helps teams choose which path will make them most successful. I love that! There is nothing I love more than seeing an instructor that can rise to the challenge of acknowledging that different dogs learn in different ways.
Julie brings a lot of enthusiasm and great energy to the class, she wants her students to be successful. She loves the subject (weave poles!) and it shows in her interaction with her students! You can’t help but feel happy about weave poles during this class! The course was 6 weeks long and by the end of it, Molly and I had made significant progress in our attitude about weave poles as well as Molly’s general knowledge of what her job was. I had a dog who was really loving the obstacle, for the first time in her career. So if you want to teach weave poles, are struggling to teach weave poles, if you need to re-train weave poles, or if you are like me and hate weave poles with every ounce of your being – check out Julie’s class. You are going to have a wonderful experience! (Class information as well as session scheduling can be found here.)