Each piece of equipment shown here can be purchased or built for well under 100 dollars. Some of it I show to stimulate your imagination, not as a recommendation. Most of the equipment can be easily purchased or built with hand tools, although a power drill is really handy. A power saw is nice, but not necessary since most lumber/hardware supply places will make these simple cuts for a very small fee. Selecting the pictures or the captions will take you to an enlarged picture and information on how I put it together. Because I know that tools names may not be familiar to you I include a picture of the tools in some cases.
For more information and resources on both competition and practice grade equipment you can buy ready made, or sources for designs you can build see my agility equipment links page.
The "tire" isn't just another jump. Dogs see it very differently and it takes different skills. My Dog loves to jump this one wrong. It is built from drainage pipe and PVC pipe.
Bar Jumps made of PVC pipe are the cheapest and simplest equipment to make. I show a couple different designs here, and there are many other variations.
Weave Poles are a real challenge for dogs. They just don't get it. Once they do get it some dogs really get a kick out of it. A dog that does weave poles well is really very impressive. We aren't quite there yet, but the last competition we were at we got pretty close. I show a couple of different styles of weave poles here.
A favorite of many dogs and unique to agility. This is one obstacle that can be done by almost any dog, and is fun as well.
The Collapsed Chute
The collapsed tunnel, or chute is a fabric tube, the entrance is held open, in this case, by a 3 foot long play tunnel.
The Dog Walk
The Dog Walk is like a wide balance beam with a ramp at each end. For many dogs the ramp is the hard part because the dog must get on and off close to the bottom, in the "contact zone". Jumping on or off above the contact zone is discouraged as unsafe.
The Table is used to ensure some control. The dog must stop and stay on the table for a five second count. Competition tables are much larger than this.
This isn't really a piece of agility equipment. It is for training a dog to think about where its back feet are. This can help for dogs having problems with the dog walk and teeter. It can also be used in conjunction with other equipment to help improve jumping style. Also see Wobble Board and Teeter Training
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