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The Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® is one of the most popular dog competitions that gives incredible dogs a stage to showcase their amazing athletic abilities. Events include Freestyle Flying Disc, Surf Dog, Fetch It, Diving Dog, Jack Russell Hurdle Racing, Agility and 30 Weave Up and Back.

The 30 Weave Up and Back is one of the most challenging events at the Incredible Dog Challenge. Speed, dexterity and focus are key in this head-to-head race that sends two dogs weaving through a 30-weave pole up-and-back course as fast as they can without missing a pole.

30-Weave Basics

A 30 Weave Up and Back course consists of 30 agility weave poles spaced 24 inches apart.

Dogs must weave through the 30 poles, make a perfect turn at the end and then weave through the poles again – without skipping one.

It takes coordination, skill and focus to be successful in this Incredible Dog Challenge event.

The weave pole is also an element of the dog Agility course.

How it Works

Each dog runs head-to-head against one other dog. From the starting line, both dogs will race down the course, weaving through the 30 agility weave poles. If a pole is missed, the dog must go back and re-enter the course at that point as directed by the judges. Any missed poles not completed shall result in a forfeiture of that race. 

At the end of the course, dogs must make a perfect turn through the turn-around tunnel. He may enter the tunnel at either end.

Then, the dogs must weave back through the poles to the finish line. The dog with the fastest time during the head-to-head race will advance to the next round until the fastest dog wins.

Handlers may use toys or treats to hold their dog’s attention and motivate them through the course.

There is no size division in the 30 Weave Up and Back event, and it’s not uncommon to see a small dog racing a larger dog. Breed size does play a role in weave strategy.

How to Win

At the Incredible Dog Challenge, the competition format is single-elimination, in a tournament or “ladder bracket,” meaning the first dog to cross the finish line wins the heat and moves up the ladder towards the finals. The other dog is eliminated.

Prior to the final race, there is a consolation round to determine 3rd and 4th place.

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