“ Brand: Trixe / Type: Dog Toys „
What is a Slalom?
A Slalom is another name for weaving poles, a part of an agility course. They are basically 6/12 poles the dog ha to weave in an out of. There are generally 6 in the lower grades and 12 in the high grades - though this isn't always the case.
I bought these as they were on offer and I had just started playing with agility with my then only dog. They were great for just starting and a bit of fun in the garden, but since I have started training my youngest dog properly in agility I realise that really they are not wholly brilliant unless you really know what your doing as they can cause you to start training with mistakes.
They are basically 12 plastic sticks with spikes on the end. These are great if you have grass, but obviously not if you only have hard standing. There are weaving pole sets that slot into a base if you have no grassed area. I like these for the fact that they are easily portable, all I need is these 12 poles and somewhere to put them. They are also good for people starting to train their dogs using the 2 x 2 method. This involves putting two of the poles up and teaching the dog to weave through 2 poles, then adding more until the dog is competent. I personally prefer training using the channel weave method, where the poles are not put in a straight line but spread in two lines to create a "channel" for the dog to run through, closing the gap as the dog becomes more competent. (this resembles the picture). These poles are great in the respect that as they are not fixed into anything, the handler can choose how to set them up.
The only disadvantage with them really is that they don't come with spacers or a guideline as to how far apart they need to be. Anyone learning agility with the intention to compete will know that weaves are required to be set distance apart. Not setting these up correctly initially can cause problems for your dog later on. If they are also too close they could cause problems for your dog initially as they would have to bend more than they need too.
Overall I can recommend these poles for any handler either for fun, or for practising competition weaves. They retail on Amazon for around £60 though I managed to get mine cheaper a few years ago.
Create a fitness program for your dog that's full of variety from Trixie. Includes 12 slalom poles. Free shoulder nylon bag included.