Most dogs love to work, and agility gives them a challenging and fun “job” to do. It can be a casual way for you and your dog to have fun in the backyard, or an intense activity performed on an official course against other competitors. In either case, you will need obstacles that your dog can jump over, jump through or climb on. That’s what we’re here to help you with.
Please note we’re amateurs, in the enthusiastic sense. It doesn’t mean we don’t know what we’re doing, but it does mean that we don’t do this for a living or claim to know everything about building agility equipment. If you get into the sport and want to compete, you will need to be sure that the equipment you’re using is built to the specs of the organization under whose rules you’ll be participating.
It may be that the designs shown on this site, while functionally equivalent, would not be legal to use on an official course. If you’re serious about competition, you will want to be sure the equipment you train with is identical to what you will encounter on the official course.
Remember–the most important part is to have fun and be safe. As you’re building obstacles, keep your dog’s safety in mind at all times, especially when building the “contact” obstacles: teeters, dog walks, pause tables and other items the dog will be climbing on. Take the extra few minutes as you’re working to make sure your materials are in top-notch condition and that you’re thorough in your gluing or other fastening methods.
Legal advice: The designs and construction techniques shown on this web site are, to the best of our knowledge, safe–we use them with our own dogs. However, we cannot be held liable for any damages or injuries you or your dog sustain from following our instructions. Please use your own judgment when evaluating your new agility equipment and don’t use anything you have doubts about.