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Old 11-10-2011, 08:11 PM   #1
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Default My very own hurdle!

Well my father and I set out to build Roxy a new hurdle, and we finished!

It's PVC of course, we couldn't get the 4 way tree part so we had to kind of improvise at the base where the vertical parts are connected, but overall it works well, Roxy likes it a lot already so I'm very excited!

I need to prepare more jump cups because she can jump the second last from the top no problem (Doh!)
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:34 AM   #2
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Lovely jump!! Remember, your dog shouldn't jump higher than her withers (shoulders). And I don't know how old Roxy is, and you probably know this, but large dogs shouldn't be jumping at all until at least 18 months old, and smaller dogs need to be at least 12 months old before jumping due to soft growth plates.

I also teach my dogs how to jump because amazingly enough, not all dogs understand proper jumping mechanics. It makes it safer for them to learn proper take off, collection vs. extension, etc. But it's not necessary unless you plan on competing.
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she's just a youngin' now, after we finished it we put it all together and it was on the lowest setting and Roxy bless her heart came right into the garage and jumped right over it. So she has toyed around with it with the bar at 8 inches, it looks like this might be something she'll be interested in (she's already been exploring with her ability to jump heh)

I did know that I would need to wait but most resources I read all set this limit of "after the dog is a year old" so it's nice to have a more solid figure.

but *sigh* next season....

I'm going to undertake building a set of weave poles next... I'm actually kinda skeptical that the PVC will work but I haven't seen any information saying that it wouldn't.

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Might alter the jump so that the bar will fall off or it will tip over if your dog misses.
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that's the way it's set up now, the poles are set in place with external end caps split in half, Roxy tried to jump it while we had it set higher and poles went everywhere so we've got a confirmation that she shouldn't have such problems!

One thing i've noticed is that i can't have this sucker set up anywhere near her because she's crazy for it haha

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TheRox, the internet has instructions on how to build weave poles out of PVC. There's even videos. Pretty cool, actually.

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The plans that i'm going to use for my weave poles are from a company called Formufit. If anyone hasn't heard of them or is interested in pvc check them out, they even sell jump cups if you don't want to make your own.

I'm building a plan of how my hurdle is built because I had to use a few workarounds for parts that we could not find locally, so if anyone wants to build a hurdle but has troubles getting a hold of or ordering the 4 way tee's or the jump cups, my plans will have that accounted for and I'll post it up! Plus I really enjoy doing this kind of thing so it's a nice outlet to lay out a blueprint of my hurdle..


I'm so proud of that thing.

Should I perhaps have gone with weave poles first, or should I wait to get Roxy using ANY agility equipment.

Edit: I've finished my first draft of my own instructions. I like them because they fit on one page, and unlike the formufit ones, I've laid out the 4-way tee problem workaround, and my jump cup workaround.

It's a REALLY big image, and it's supposed to fit a sheet of paper quite well, but I already think i'm going to be seeing some margin problems (I will fix them I swear!) so I honestly wouldn't expect it to print perfectly. I just don't have any ink and I need to go take a nap, I just wanted to show off my cool instructions.

Looks like the attachment automatically scaled it down, which is good, here's a link for the full resolution image. I did it 8.5 x 11 inches, and published it at 300 DPI

After some printing tests, we've found that it does not print well straight out of the browser (chrome and firefox at least), I print previewed it using irfanview and it was perfect. If you have a little image editer/viewer/printer I would use that to print them until I post a PDF version

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Very cool!

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How old is Roxy?

If you think you might ever want to compete, I strongly suggest getting into classes. Many schools offer puppy classes that help you develop agility skills right from the start.

I start my pups in obedience first, but along side of it, I also do agility.

As for weave poles, the growth plates must be closed for them as well. Dogs who weave early can develop spine issues. The method you use to teach weave poles wll determine how your weave poles are built. Methods include channels, Weave-a-Matics, 2X2, etc. You never want to lure or guide your dog through the poles, as this teaches slow poles. Also the dog ALWAYS enters the pole with his left shoulder to the first pole. And depending on the venue you will be competing in, your poles will be differently spaced. Most venues are using 24" spacing between poles. This is important. So, wait for weave poles.

Puppies can do wobble boards, umps with the bars removed or on the ground, low board contact training, tunnels, low tables, and chutes. You can do lots of shadow handling (also called flat work), obedience for agility, and handling with the umps with no bars on them.

Agility is a dangerous sport for the dog. Because of this, you really do need to get to a trainer if you want to compete or ever put your dog on the dogwalk, A frame or teeter. Proper training keeps dogs safe, but improper training can leave your dog in pain for life.

I'll attach a video below of Asher doing some puppy agility training. You can see he's only on very low equipment and no weaves. The clips of him training are in between the vdeo "fluff" here.


So my best advice is get a trainer to do it safely. Until Roxy's growth plates are closed, only low obstacles and no weaving.
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Ok agility... I am laughing so hard I am crying... what a fantastic video. I can not believe I missed this one. I thought I viewed all of your vids, but I must have missed this one. Thank you so much for posting! It made my night....

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