This class will focus on training weave poles from basic through advanced skills. It is appropriate for all levels—from true beginners to competition-level dogs looking to proof skills or correct gaps in training. Lessons begin with an introduction to the weaves and build up to advanced skills and drills. Emphasis is on independence, reliability, speed, entries, exits, and discriminations. This is a 16-week course with a new lesson released every two weeks.
Karen remarks, "Over the years, I have had many dogs, but I have found that my weave pole training has remained the same. There are many methods out there, but I feel if something is working, why change it? I have added additional challenges to my training over the years, but the methodology has remained consistent. I love the way my dogs weave and I love their independence. I love stepping to the line and not worrying about my dog making the weave pole entry or if he will stay in the poles as I run away. My goal is that you feel the same way after finishing this class."
Note: If you previously took this course and would like to repeat it (for example, work with a another dog or work as a Premier student after being a Standard student), we offer a 40% discount. Please contact customer service for information on how to get the discount.
What is included with your Premier registration?
- 8 lessons with written lectures and video instruction with 16 weeks to complete them (a new lesson is released every 2 weeks so you have time to work all the exercises)
- Access to all course materials on both mobile devices and your computer
- Downloadable content for off-line access when you're out training
- Ability to post questions about your dog as well as videos of your dog working (Premier students can post as many videos as they want)
- Ability to participate in discussions and watch all posted videos
- Instructor feedback on video assignments
- Keep what you buy—No expiring content; after the course ends, you won't be able to ask questions, but the content is still available to you
Dogs must be fully grown. Other than that, this class is appropriate for everyone from true beginners to competition-level dogs looking to proof skills or correct gaps in training.
Equipment and space needed
- Channel weave poles: The channels are only recommended for the first few weeks, so if you do not have a set, consider borrowing them. After that, a standard set of weave poles will suffice. Stick-in-the-ground weave poles will also work.
- Weave pole guide wires
- 1 tunnel and 1 jump
- Toys, treats, and a great attitude!
How do I access my Learning Center purchase?
After you complete your purchase using your credit card or PayPal, you will receive 2 email confirmations: the first is a receipt acknowledging that your order has been received and the second email contains the link for your Clean Run Learning Center program. Click on the link in the email to complete enrollment. If you already have a Learning Center account, then you will go directly to your educational program. If you do not, then you will enter your email address and a password to use for this Learning Center program and any future ones your purchase. Please be aware that this is a separate account you are establishing on https://cleanrunonline.com/home and it is not the same as your Clean Run website account (although you can use the same email and password for both accounts).
If you have a Clean Run website account, then you can also access your program at anytime by signing in at cleanrun.com and selecting Classes/Webinars from the My Account menu.
We offer a 90% refund for the class if you request a cancellation at least 5 days before the class begins AND the Premier spots have not already sold out. If the Premier spots are sold out, we cannot issue a refund unless we fill your spot.
We suggest that you read the information provided carefully before making your purchase. If you have any questions about whether the content is right for you, please email us.
Karen Holik is an agility coach and competitor, and the founder of On Course Agility located in Brandon, Florida. She provides private and group lessons and instructs seminars throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Bermuda, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Year-round, Karen provides lessons in real time and via video for students at all levels. Karen shares her life with her husband Eric, his Sheltie Jiggy, and her Border Collies Zenn, Kidd, and Starr.
In 1992, while in downtown Chicago, Karen saw an agility demo and could not wait to try it with her chow/sheltie mix, Simon. Together, they set off on a journey that would ultimately see Karen leave her long-time position at a legal firm to focus on agility full time in 2007.
Early on, Karen recognized that fundamental skills and consistency are crucial to success. Believing that all dogs can achieve their full potential with the right mix of education and motivation, her training programs focus on the dog’s understanding, which leads to confidence, speed, and independence. In addition to focusing on the dog’s progression, Karen has an intuitive eye for the minute adjustments to handling skills that can have a profound impact on a team relationship. This balanced perspective is central to her philosophy that agility is a team sport and should always be fun for dog and handler.
Karen’s training philosophy and work ethic have been borne out by her records in multiple venues. She is a 15-time USA World Team Member with 3 different dogs at 3 different heights, 5-time National Champion, Gold and Silver Medalist at the World Agility Open (England), Silver Medalist at the FCI World Championships (Austria) and Silver and Bronze Medalist at the IFCS World Championships (Netherlands and Italy).
Since her Sheltie Sizzle took her to the heights of the sport in 2008, Karen has returned to the echelons again and again with her Shelties and Border Collies. Today, Karen continues to test the boundaries of the sport with Zenn, Kidd, and Border Collie puppy Starr, focusing on independent weave and contact skills that are the hallmark of her handling and training philosophies.
"I LOVED Karen Holik's Ninja Weaves online course from Clean Run! I can't recommend this course highly enough!! It's simple, straightforward, easy for both dogs and handlers to understand, but most importantly FUN! Karen's written instructions and video examples were easy to understand. Her feedback was prompt, always encouraging, and helped us progress quickly. My 2-year-old dog, Taser (who had very little weave training before we started this course), had his poles in a straight line, all guides gone, in about 4 weeks of training. By the end of the 16-week course, he could find really difficult entrances and perform his weaves independent of my position better than any of my previous seven agility dogs! I will be taking my older dog through this course to improve her weaves as well. I want her to have the same awesome skills that Taser does! Thank you Karen and Clean Run." —Kathie Leggett
"Karen systematically trains and tests weave pole performance from the ground up in this class. I had a Masters dog, but we needed more independence. The first few lessons uncovered holes in our foundation, and the later lessons challenged us to reach new levels! Her demo videos are clear, and feedback is quick and very helpful. Onni and I highly recommend this course! Thanks for offering this! I’m going to recommend it to my students!" —Kim Glass
"Karen saw things in my training sessions that I did not see from my own videos. She exposed so many holes in my training that I was completely blind to, and answered so many of my dogs' questions. I have gone from stepping into the ring wondering if the weaves will be the one thing between us and a Q, to knowing that the weaves will provide an opportunity for us to be in an advantageous position farther down the course. I used this course for all e of my dogs - my masters dog, my open dog, and my dog learning weaves - and they all benefitted from it. Thank you!" —Susan
"THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS COURSE. This course taught me a whole new way to teach how to weave. The way everything was broken down made understanding and building solid foundation very easy. Thank you so much Karen for all of the feedback and lessons." —Amy
"Fantastic online class. Rapid, productive, and individual feedback, clear and organized information, and a confident weaving dog at the end! I would recommend for any handler or dog at any level." —Anne
"Highly recommend for all levels. Excellent, clear lessons and feedback. It's a great feeling to walk or run a course and not even think twice about whether or not your dog will get the entry and successfully complete the weaves!" —Laura R.
"Moon and I recently participated in an online weaves class offered by Karen Holik. While Moon had what I felt was a strong weave foundation, I was hoping for us to build more independence, confidence, and speed in the face of distractions—even if i was out of position. I am thrilled with Moon's progress. We enjoyed the course immensely and I learned a great deal about teaching weave performance and independence, as well as training in general. Karen's exercises, instructions, critiques and suggestions are very clear, understandable, creative, and helpful. All in all, an outstanding and productive experience." —Marilyn Buford