|Training with 2 x 2 weave poles helped Rocco perfect poles quickly|
for his first agility trials this spring
But now with the 2 x 2 weave pole method, your pup can have perfect weaves in just a couple of weeks.
Rocco is my first dog trained using the 2 x 2 method, and he had 12 weave poles down in about two weeks!
There are plenty of places you can order 2 x 2 weave poles online, OR you can make them yourself and save some money.
We made ours with the help of a welder and saved about 50 percent off the cost of those you can buy ready-made.
Here's what you need to make your own 2 x 2 weave poles.
For a set of 12 weave poles:
- Six bases
- Three 10-foot long, 3/4" PVC pipes cut into thirds. (each pole will be 40" long)
- 12 3/4" PVC pipe caps
- Spray paint
A welder made our bases for us out of scrap metal, but you also can use aluminum to make them a bit lighter. Ours our plenty light enough to move around.
Measurements for the base: The main part of the base measures 48" x 3", the wings off each side are 11" x 3", the round pole holders are spaced 24" apart (measured at the middle of each pole) and are sized so that a 3/4" PVC pipe will fit snugly around it.
My bases also have two half-inch holes cut into them on each wing so that you can secure them to the ground if needed. I don't need to secure mine for Rocco, but you might if you have a larger dog.
Here's what the base looks like when finished and painted:
After the bases are made, the biggest part of this project is simply cleaning and spray painting the bases.
|Base before painting|
- Scrub the bases with a brush and dish soap if they need it.
- Prime the bases with a spray paint primer (I leave mine outside, so this helps keep them from rusting)
- Spray paint the bases in the color of your choice. I chose a light, neutral color to keep them from heating up.
- Be sure to use gloves to protect your hands and a respirator to protect your lungs when spray painting.
Once the bases dry, you're ready to assemble your 2 x 2 weave poles.
- Place the PVC pipe caps on the top of each pole
- Place your poles onto each pole holder
- Line up your poles
- You're ready to weave!
We found that having our own 2 x 2s made training the weaves so much easier. A few minutes several times a day is all it took! Does your dog do agility or train using the 2 x 2 method? Let us know how it's going for you!
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