DIY Backyard Agility Course for Dogs
When you’re building or buying a jump obstacle, ensure the bar can easily be knocked down, so your dog doesn’t hit something solid and injure himself if he doesn’t jump high enough.
You can build one entirely out of inexpensive PVC pipes. Just be sure you’re setting up cups (the holders for the bar) at different increments along your upright so you can adjust the height for your dog.
Going through an enclosed dark space can be scary for your dog the first few times, and you need to make the experience as positive as possible. The tunnel you set up should be wide enough for your dog to comfortably pass through and sturdy enough that it won’t collapse while your pup is inside it. You’ll also want a sturdy tunnel material that your dog’s nails won’t tear to shreds.
Although it is possible to create an obstacle course tunnel from scratch, many people find it more accessible and much less time-consuming to repurpose an existing play tunnel. A flexible children’s play tunnel makes a great obstacle, and you can find one at most department stores and furniture outlets for around $20 to $30. The tunnel you choose should be lightweight and heavy enough that it won’t move when they run through it.
As with your bar jump, avoid hard and immovable materials that could injure your dog if he misjudges the distance between poles. However, you’ll also want to secure the rods, so they don’t fall over every time your dog runs through them.
You can easily create your weave poles by sticking lengths of PVC pipe into the ground with enough space in between for your dog to walk or run through safely.