Dog Agility Training Obstacles



Some people are confused as to the different Dog Agility Training Obstacles out there.

To give some light on the matter and clarification, here is a list comprised solely of obstacles dogs use in every day training.

Keep in mind that some of these Agility Training training obstacles can be dangerous to dogs and that you should always carry around a Dog First Aid Kit just to be on the safe side.

  • The A-frame: This obstacle is typically about 3 feet wide and about 8 feet in length. It has two planks leaning towards each other to form an 'A' shape. It is about 5 feet above the ground when connected together. Typically very brightly colored and is commonly used as a contact obstacle. Contact obstacles are something dogs merely have to touch and not have to climb or jump through.
  • Dogwalk: Three connected planks are roughly 8 to 12 feet in length and only range about 9 inches in width. Two of these planks being used for ascending and descending the main platform (the third plank). The third plank tends to be about 4 feet above the ground.
  • Teeter-totter: Quite familiarly known as the seesaw and is one of the most popular dog agility training obstacles. It ranges anywhere between 10 to 12 feet. The plank is placed off center so that the starting plank will return back to its original spot without human assistance.
  • Tunnel: Standard tunnel that is typically 10-20 feet in length.
  • Collapsed Tunnel: Smaller than the traditional with it only ranging about 8 to 12 feet in size. The front starts off like a usual tunnel only to have the ends fall down. Looking into this particular you can only see darkness, which tends to scare a lot of dogs that are first practicing the sport.
  • Jump: Standard jump with two vertical bars holding a middle bar in between. This middle bar can be adjusted depending on the dog's size. This adjustment is necessary for smaller dogs, as they are more likely to hit the horizontal bar when making the jump.
  • Triple jump: Also known as a spread jump, it can vary from two to three horizontal bars spread over a couple of inches. These three bars are formed in an ascending position, which forces the dog to jump a longer and higher jump.
  • Broad jump: Also referred to as the long jump. Four platforms varying in height are set in various places in between jumps. Dogs must jump over these without touching the platform.
  • Tire jump: This obstacle is often seen at a lot of competitions. This jump is a suspended tire that dogs must go through without touching.
  • Table: Better known as a pause table, which is a 3 foot by 3 foot raised platform where dogs must jump upon, sit, and stay for a period of time. Judges often are the ones to count out the seconds, but dogs must typically stay there for about 5 seconds before continuing on with the course.

I hope these definitions of some of the dog agility training obstacles were helpful.




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