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Agility Equipment & Facilities

Here at Vale Dog Training, we have an outstanding Agility course which is available throughout the year and from morning to night. This is due to the construction as it has weatherproof flooring and flood lights so you can train or practice agility all year round. This can be done as part of a group by attending one of our agility training courses, or you can hire the agility area to fine tune you and your dog’s skills.

Our course is a 50m x 30m enclosed all weather and flood lit arena that is used all year, come rain or shine, winter or summer, with a range of top quality equipment.

Here at Vale Dog Training, we have an outstanding Agility course which is available throughout the year and from morning to night.

This is due to the construction as it has weatherproof flooring and flood lights so you can train or practice agility all year round.

This can be done as part of a group by attending one of our agility training courses, or you can hire the agility area to fine tune you and your dog’s skills.

Our course is a 50m x 30m enclosed all weather and flood lit arena that is used all year, come rain or shine, winter or summer, with a range of top quality equipment.

Agility Course Equipment

A-Frame

An ‘A’ shaped ramp formed by two ramps with non-slip surfaces and/or anti-slip slats, that dogs must climb over. There are ‘contact points’ at the base of each ramp, coloured differently to the rest of the obstacle, that the dog’s paws must come into contact with.

Two ramps 2.74m (9ft) long by 91.4cm (3ft) wide hinged at the apex 1.7m (5ft 7ins) from the ground. The last 1.067m (3ft 6ins) from the bottom of each ramp should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact.

Each ramp must have a non-slip surface, and anti-slip slats at intervals but not within 15.2cm

Weave Poles

A series of between 5 and 12 poles that the dog has to weave in and out of, entering with the first pole on the dog’s left. The minimum number of poles should be 5 and the maximum number 12 and they should be in a continuous line, as straight as possible and should be 60cm apart (1ft 115/8ins) between the poles.

The poles must be of rigid construction and with a minimum height of 76.2cm (2ft 6ins) and a diameter between 3.2cm (11/4 in) and 3.8cm (1½ ins). The base must have support bars at the bottom of each pole and they must be positioned away from the side a dog would normally negotiate each pole.

Weave Poles

A series of between 5 and 12 poles that the dog has to weave in and out of, entering with the first pole on the dog’s left. The minimum number of poles should be 5 and the maximum number 12 and they should be in a continuous line, as straight as possible and should be 60cm apart (1ft 115/8ins) between the poles.

The poles must be of rigid construction and with a minimum height of 76.2cm (2ft 6ins) and a diameter between 3.2cm (11/4 in) and 3.8cm (1½ ins). The base must have support bars at the bottom of each pole and they must be positioned away from the side a dog would normally negotiate each pole.

Long Jump

This is a series of low jumps set to a maximum length of 1.5m (4ft 11ins) that the dog must clear in one jump. Each unit must be a minimum length of 1.219m (4ft). Large Dogs (3 – 5 units): The overall maximum length to be between 1.2m (3ft 11.2ins) and 1.5m (4ft 11ins).

The height of the front unit to be 12.7cm (5ins) and the height of the rear unit to be 38.1cm (15ins). Medium Dogs (3 – 4 units): The overall maximum length to be between 70cm (2ft 3.8ins) and 90cm (2ft 11.4ins). The height of the front unit to be 12.7cm (5ins) and the height of the rear unit to be 30.48mm (12ins).

Small Dogs (2 – 3 units): The overall maximum length to be between 40cm (1ft 3ins) and 50cm (1ft 7.7ins). The height of the front unit to be 12.7cm (5ins) and the height of the rear unit to be 22.86cm (9ins).

Closed Tunnel

This has a rigid round entrance with non-slip cloth forming the body of the tunnel. The dog must make his way through the tunnel.

 

Closed Tunnel

This has a rigid round entrance with non-slip cloth forming the body of the tunnel. The dog must make his way through the tunnel.

Hoop (Tyre)

The dimensions for this obstacle are as follows: Aperture diameter 53.3cm (1ft 9ins) minimum. Aperture centre from the ground:

Large Dogs –                 80cm (2ft 7.5ins)

Medium Dogs –             55cm (1ft 9.6ins)

Small Dogs –                49cm (1ft 7.3ins)

Pipe Tunnel

A ‘hard’ but flexible tunnel, a minimum of 609mm (2ft) wide and up to 3.048m (10ft) long, that the dog must pass through, usually from a specified end.

This obstacle should have a diameter of a minimum of 60.9cm (2ft) and should be a minimum of 3.048m (10ft) in length.

Pipe Tunnel

A ‘hard’ but flexible tunnel, a minimum of 609mm (2ft) wide and up to 3.048m (10ft) long, that the dog must pass through, usually from a specified end.

This obstacle should have a diameter of a minimum of 60.9cm (2ft) and should be a minimum of 3.048m (10ft) in length.

Hurdle

These are a maximum of 1.219m (4ft) in width and dogs must leap over them without knocking them over. The pole is easily displaced so that the dogs do not hurt themselves if they do knock it down.

The height of the hurdle for each height must be as follows:

Large Dogs –         650mm (2ft 1.6ins)

Medium Dogs –     45cm (1ft 5.7ins)

Small Dogs –         35cm (1ft 1.75ins)

See Saw

A pivoted plank which the dog must negotiate. Again the dog must touch the coloured ‘contact points’ at both ends. This obstacle will consist of a plank firmly mounted on a central bracket.

The length of the plank should be a minimum of 3.66m (12ft) and a maximum of 4.267m (14ft). The width should be 25.4cm (10ins) minimum and 30.5cm (12ins) maximum with the height of the central bracket being a maximum of 68.5cm (2ft 3ins) from the ground.

The last 91.4cm (3ft) from each end should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact. The plank should have a non-slip surface with no slats.

See Saw

A pivoted plank which the dog must negotiate. Again the dog must touch the coloured ‘contact points’ at both ends. This obstacle will consist of a plank firmly mounted on a central bracket.

The length of the plank should be a minimum of 3.66m (12ft) and a maximum of 4.267m (14ft). The width should be 25.4cm (10ins) minimum and 30.5cm (12ins) maximum with the height of the central bracket being a maximum of 68.5cm (2ft 3ins) from the ground.

The last 91.4cm (3ft) from each end should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact. The plank should have a non-slip surface with no slats.

Dog Walk

A plank with firmly fixed ramps at either end which the dog must walk over, ensuring that paws touch ‘contact points’ at both ends.

A walk plank of approximately 1.372m (4ft 6ins) high with firmly fixed ramps at either end. The planks should be a minimum 3.66m (12ft) and a maximum 4.267m (14ft) in length and a minimum of 25.4cm (10ins) and a maximum of 30.5cm (12ins) in width.

The last 91.4cm (3ft) from the bottom of each ramp should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact. Each ramp should have a non-slip surface, and anti-slip slats at intervals but not within 15.2cm (6ins) of the start of the contact area.

Rising Spread Jump

This is two hurdles positioned closely together, with the first hurdle set lower than the second. A maximum of 2 single hurdles placed together to form a double spread, there must be no more than 2 elements to this obstacle.

The top bar on the first hurdle must be at least 15cm (5.9ins) to 25cm (9.8ins) lower than the top bar on the second hurdle.

The maximum spread to be:

Large Dogs –         55cm (1ft 9.6ins)

Medium Dogs –     40cm (1ft 3.7ins)

Small Dogs –        30cm (11.8ins)

Rising Spread Jump

This is two hurdles positioned closely together, with the first hurdle set lower than the second. A maximum of 2 single hurdles placed together to form a double spread, there must be no more than 2 elements to this obstacle.

The top bar on the first hurdle must be at least 15cm (5.9ins) to 25cm (9.8ins) lower than the top bar on the second hurdle.

The maximum spread to be:

Large Dogs –         55cm (1ft 9.6ins)

Medium Dogs –     40cm (1ft 3.7ins)

Small Dogs –        30cm (11.8ins)

Wall Jump

Mostly solid but with easily displaceable bricks along the top. The dog must leap over them without knocking them off.