The instructor said that's because the dog knows it is getting closer to the reward at the end. She said you need to vary which pole you reward after. Click and treat after pole 2, after pole 4, after pole 8 and so on.
Huh. Never thought of that. I would have thought that would make the dog pop out of the poles. I guess if you make it random enough, you won't create a pop out problem.
Also, I always wondered "why does Oreo weave so fast at home, but not at school?" Someone else asked the same question.
The instructor said that the dogs don't see the similarity in the equipment the way we do. It is almost like they are learning a whole new obstacle.
That may explain why Oreo was suddenly weaving fast in class a couple weeks ago. He could have finally learned how to weave on the school's poles, which are nothing like mine at home.
Here is a video I shot last weekend of Oreo weaving. He is slow in the beginning, then speeds up toward the end.
We're going to work on random rewards this week and see if we can improve. I'll post a new video later with our results.
She also said you shouldn't practice weaves without an obstacle beforehand. It isn't helping them learn their entries. She suggested starting with the obstacle far away from the poles and gradually move it closer.