31 Jul How to Build a Dog Obstacle Course at Home
Dogs love to play and compete. When you set up an obstacle course at home for them to navigate, it feels like Christmas happens every day for your pup.
It doesn’t take much effort to assemble an agility course that both of you will love. Getting outside to navigate the course can help your pet get healthier, be happier, and increase their intelligence.
Here is how you can get this project started today.
Start By Building Some Jumps
The best jumps for a dog obstacle course have bars that can get easily knocked down if a miss happens. That design prevents an unnecessary injury from occurring. You can build these from inexpensive PVC pipes, setting up cups as holders at different levels to create several heights to try navigating.
You can also purchase bar jumps if you don’t want to take the DIY approach. It helps to make sure you’ve left enough room for your dog to jump over the pipes between the uprights. The best options deconstruct easily so that you can take them anywhere.
Add Some Tunnels to Your Course
It is usually easier to purchase tunnels for a dog obstacle course instead of trying to make them at home. Play products for children are generally suitable for installation, especially if you repurpose the interior with a layer of rubber, dirt, or similar material to prevent rips and tears.
The tunnel must be wide enough for your dog to comfortably pass through it without snagging or running into the barrier. It must also have enough sturdiness to avoid collapse during use.
Most dogs object to running through a dark tunnel the first few times they go through the obstacle course. Be patient with your pet as you teach them this skill. Once they understand your expectations (and a few treats are available), you’ll power right through the process.
Complete the Course with Some Wave Poles
When installing weave poles for your obstacle course, it is essential to use flexible materials that won’t injure your pet if a collision occurs. It would help if you also secured them to ensure that they don’t fall over when your dog runs through them.
The fastest way to create a set of weave poles is to stick tall lengths of PVC pipe into the ground. It helps to ensure that there is enough space for your dog to run or walk through them.
You can use orange traffic cones for this part of the obstacle course if you don’t like the idea of shoving pipes into your yard. Some trainers use this option because it presents the dog with a greater challenge for weaving than the standard poles.
When you design this entire space, there needs to be enough room for your dog to run at full speed. There shouldn’t be any hidden dangers that could hurt you or your pet. Holes in the ground, divots, tree roots, and similar issues should not be part of your course run. If they are, you’ll need to remove them before setting up your equipment.