Dog Agility Weave Poles

Updated: 6/4/20242-4 minutes
dog performing weave pole event

Speed, dexterity and focus are key in this Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge head-to-head race that sends two dogs weaving through a 30-weave pole up-and-back course as fast as they can.

Dogs with speed, focus, and drive excel at 30 Weave competition, but lots of every day dogs also enjoy the fun and challenge of weaving through the agility poles. At the Incredible Dog Challenge, this dog event is one of the most exciting to watch.

Event Basics

In the 30 Weave Up and Back event at the Incredible Dog Challenge, dogs race head-to-head through a weave pole course. At the end of the poles, the dogs turn around and race back, completing every pole. Fastest dog of the day wins!

What You Need

To train for the 30 Weave up and Back dog event you need:

  • A dog that’s in good physical condition and has good balance
  • 30 weave poles spaced 24 inches apart
  • A clean outdoor area with even ground and no large obstacles

How to Train

If you have an outdoor area with enough space, you can get started with 30 Weave Up and Back on your own.

To start training your dog for 30 Weave, the first thing you need is a set of weave poles. There are lots of agility poles available for purchase online, as well as instructions on how to make your own.

Once you’ve got a set of agility poles, it’s important to start slowly so your dog understands what you’re asking him to do. Begin training your dog with only two poles, leading him through the poles and rewarding him when he reaches the other side. Check out this video to see how it’s done.

After your dog has mastered two poles, you can work up to larger numbers of agility poles, as well as increasing in speed.

For more information and hands-on help, find one of the clubs or dog gyms all over the country with facilities and knowledgeable staff. Just do a quick search online to locate one nearest you.

Related Sport

The weave poles used in this dog event are also an element of the dog agility event at the Incredible Dog Challenge. If you find that your dog is catching on quickly, you may want to try other obstacles in the dog agility course.

What's Next?

  • Find a club: There are clubs and dog gyms all over the country with facilities and knowledgeable staff. Just do a quick search online to locate one nearest you. 
  • Network: Another great place to begin is by networking through your local breed-affiliated club. 
  • Go to the park: If you prefer to try a few things on your own, many well-appointed dog parks feature agility-type structures and obstacles, or
  • DIY: make your own dog agility weave pole course in your own backyard  

30 Weave Up and Back is one of the most challenging events at the Incredible Dog Challenge, and one of the most satisfying dog events to master. Whatever you do, make sure you and your dog are enjoying the time you spend together on his fancy footwork.

Before getting started, remember that you should always consult your veterinarian to ensure your dog is fit for exercise. And make sure to fuel your incredible dog with advanced nutrition that will help them be their best. Find your dog’s formula

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