Here's an overview of the most popular agility training equipment


All our training equipment is KC Standard or specifically designed for young / beginner dogs.

Tunnels

Pipe tunnels are a piece of corrugated pipe 24 inches in diameter and between 3-5m long which can be straight or bent into various curved shapes. 

 

A collapsible tunnel has a rigid tunnel entrance with a cloth tube of about two metres attached to the exit. The dog enters the rigid tunnel and has to push its way through the cloth tube.

 

For tunnels, the dog enters the tunnel and is consequently unsighted, relying on the handler's voice.

Seesaw

The Seesaw consists of a horizontal plank mounted slightly off-centre on a pivot. This slightly off-centre mounting biases the plank so that one end of the plank normally rests on the ground. The dog moves up the plank until it crosses the pivot point. The dog's weight then tips the see-saw so that the dog then moves downhill to the ground. The see-saw is coloured differently at the entry and exit points to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact with at least one paw. 

 

We use a fully adjustable seesaw specifically designed for young dogs that can be adjusted from flat rocking to full height.

Dog Walk

A horizontal walk plank with lead-in ramps at either end. The entry and exit points of each ramp are a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact with at least one paw. Each ramp has a non slip surface and anti-slip slats at intervals. Beginner dogs are trained with the three planks lying flat on the ground.

Pause Table / Pause Box

The pause table is any 3' by 3' table or platform.  The dog jumps onto it and lies down for 5 seconds.


A pause box is used just like a pause table, except that it is simply a 3' by 3' square marked off with tape or other material on the ground.

Jumps

Long Jump - Adjoining low platforms on the ground making a broad obstacle which the dog must jump over.


Single Jump - The single jump is constructed of two vertical side bars, with one adjustable horizontal bar for jumping over.


Double Jump - 2 sets of vertical supports, placed one set in front of the other, with horizontal bars mounted at differing heights.  Can also have a triple jump in the same fashion with three supports.


Panel Jump - Lastly, a panel jump also uses vertical supports, but rather than a bar for jumping has a solid, removal panel.

 

Warning: because jumps place a lot of stress on a dog's joints its important to work in short sessions when practicing and to be aware of the recommended jump heights for each size of dog.  As a general rule of thumb, dogs shouldn't jump higher than their shoulder height.

 

  • Toy breed: Shoulder height less than 12 inches - jump height 2-8 inches
  • Small: Shoulder height 12-14 inches - jump height 8-12 inches
  • Medium: Shoulder height 14-17 inches - jump height 12-16 inches
  • Large: Shoulder height 17-22 inches - jump height 16-20 inches
  • Giant: Shoulder height more than 22 inches - jump height 16-20 inches

Note: these guides are for healthy dogs with no joint or health issues.  Dogs more than 8 years old should jump at least one size down from their shoulder height recommentation.  Dogs under a year old should never jump higher than hock height.

Tyre Jump

Tyre Jump - A tyre jump is built by supporting or suspending a soft tyre from a frame. The dog must jump through without touching the tyre.  Check out our video below on teaching your dog the tyre jump.

A-Frame

Two ramps formed into an apex with horizontal side-supporting struts with a section at the bottom of each ramp differently coloured to indicate the area with which the dog must make contact with at least one paw.  Each ramp has a non slip surface and anti-slip slats at intervals.  Initially, dogs are trained with the two ramps resting flat on the ground. Here's Joe on the mini A frame contact trainer.

Weave Poles

A variable number of vertical poles spaced apart. The dog has to weave between the poles, entering the sequence with the first pole on the dogs left hand side.  Usually, this is the hardest obstacle to train a dog to accomplish.