Dog agility training focuses on 8 primary obstacles. From Maltese to Mastiffs, every breed needs to complete the mentioned obstacles.
Jumps or bar jumps is pretty much like humans doing hurdles. They are also used in other pet games. Most dog breeds love it. There are strict regulations on constructing the bar jump. The bars are adjusted based on size of the canine. For event level training, it is recommended to visit agility trails and meet up with trainers.
Tire jumps are an eye pleasing variant of normal hurdle. A constructed frame holds a large hoop in the middle. Since the hoop closely resembles a tire, it is called tire jumps. Again, the height of the hoop is adjusted to the size of the dog. The hoop is all wrapped up in tape for the sake of visibility. It also saves the dog from uneven spots.
It is an elevated space above the ground. The dog needs to sit and stay there for a particular period of time. The area of the square is exactly one meter cube. The height is adjusted to the size of the dog. The dog maybe asked to sit or stay in down position. Judge counts the time spent by dog in pause table.
It is a set of closely placed poles between which a dog has to weave in swift motion. A series of 5 to 12 poles is typical. The poles are 3 foot tall and are spaced about 24”. A decade ago, the spacing was only 21”. The 3” increment happened in 2011 to relieve stress on the dog. Dog enters with first pole to its left and skipping poles is called out foul.
A-Frame is the first in the list of contact obstacles. Two ramps of 8-9 feet is hindered together and raised to create an A like shape. Dogs need to ascend and descend on this structure. The paw needs to hit in specified contact zone at the bottom. The ramp is approximately 3 feet wide.
The construction includes three 8-12 feet planks connected at the end. The middle plank is raised over 1 meter from the ground. The end planks lead up to and down from the middle. Like A-Frame, this obstacle features contact zones. It is relatively longer and narrower than other contact obstacles.
It’s pretty much like your regular see-saw. It is constructed off balance to make the same end return to the ground. This obstacle involves contact zones. Dogs cross it just like dog walks. Most organizations use rubberized surfaces to prevent injury to the dog. Smaller breeds get more time to cross it.
The tunnel is a vinyl tube that’s up to 20 feet long. It comes with 2 feet in diameter, allowing the dog to run through. The vinyl and wire built, allows for creating variety of curves. Most regional level contest is configured for straight line. There are collapsed tunnel obstacles too.