Whether just for fun or to train your dog to be part of shows, having a dog agility course in your backyard can be a great way to offer your dog exercise, training, and quality bonding time.
As you go about setting up your agility course, you may notice that the price of equipment can start to really add up. However, with creativity, craft skills, and a bit of effort, you can make your own dog agility equipment for much less.
With our comprehensive list of free and easy to DIY dog agility course equipment plans, you won’t have to jump through hoops to set up a fun layout of challenges and obstacles for your dog. We’ve included a variety of ideas for all skill levels and using a plethora of materials, from PVC pipes and wood to items from around the house.
1. DIY Dog Agility Course, From This Old House
Using PVC pipes, This Old House provides detailed plans with helpful pictures to make three key obstacles for your backyard dog agility course. You’ll be able to make an agility jump, weave poles, and a teeter totter. These plans result in sturdy, durable builds.
2. Dog Agility Course at Home, by Natural Dog Owner
You’ll be able to set up your dog agility course using the suggestions and plans supplied by Natural Dog Owner. Every obstacle you’ll need for a complete course is covered in this article. Learn how to set up weave poles out of PVC pipes, a standard jump using cinder blocks, and a tire jump made out of a tire or a hula hoop, along with tunnels, a teeterboard, a pause table, and a dog walk.
3. Clean and Dirty Jumps, by Helix Fairweather
Learn how to make a hurdle with a few simple materials. Helix Fairweather has straightforward plans, including a clever way to use office supply clips as a crossbar hold. You can jump for joy too, because it’s easy on your budget and won’t take you long to construct.
4. Tire Jump, by Camp Bandy Pet Resort
If you want to challenge your dog with a brightly colored and exciting tire jump obstacle, these plans by Camp Bandy Pet Resort offer all the measurements and detailed instructions you’ll need. Also, you won’t need an old tire because a drainage pipe is used to make the ring.
5. DIY Dog Agility A-Frame, by Instructibles
An A-Frame is a must-have for any dog agility course worth its weight in dog treats. With a certain amount of woodworking knowledge, you can save money by making your own contact obstacle. Instructibles provides step-by-step instructions, along with plenty of useful pictures.
6. Dog Agility Tunnel, by Cuteness
Every fun or competitive agility course needs a tunnel. It might be easier to purchase a child-size tunnel, but for money-saving purposes, you can DIY a bigger, wider tunnel. Cuteness provides clever plans for a serious tunnel.
7. DIY Agility Dog Walk, From The Dog Blog
If you prefer DIY plans in video form, The Dog Blog offers an excellent “how to” video for making a cute yet sturdy dog walk. The video is easy to follow and full of helpful tips.
8. DIY Cavaletti by Kelly’s Dog Blog
A cavaletti is basically a succession of low-to-the-ground hurdles that improve your dog’s foot fall and timing. To make these quick and fun hurdles for your dog’s agility course, Kelly’s Dog Blog repurposes plastic baskets. While the hurdles in this article are made from PVC pipe, you could use broomsticks or even yardsticks.
9. A Garden Dog Walk from Agility Bits
If you have medium to large dogs, this sturdy dog walk design from Agility Bits is built to last and will hold up in windy weather. You’ll need to be handy with working with wood to follow these plans, though Agility Bits does offer an easy shortcut if you’re willing to buy builders trestles or a pair of sawhorses. Yoga mats provide the traction on the ramps.
10. Dollar Store Agility Equipment, From Liberty Hill House
On small budget and with creative thinking, you can use everyday items found around your house or at a dollar store to make your dog a fun agility course. Liberty Hill House provides simple, clever ideas for weaving poles, a tire jump, hurdles, and a wait table.
11. How to Build a Dog Agility Course by wikiHow
Actual plans are included in this article from wikiHow for last, but in 12 steps, you’ll learn nearly everything you ever needed or wanted to know about building your own dog agility course. Be sure to scroll through for helpful illustrations of how to easily set up a grouping of tables or a row of barrels for a dog walk-and-pause box.
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- 1. DIY Dog Agility Course, From This Old House
- 2. Dog Agility Course at Home, by Natural Dog Owner
- 3. Clean and Dirty Jumps, by Helix Fairweather
- 4. Tire Jump, by Camp Bandy Pet Resort
- 5. DIY Dog Agility A-Frame, by Instructibles
- 6. Dog Agility Tunnel, by Cuteness
- 7. DIY Agility Dog Walk, From The Dog Blog
- 8. DIY Cavaletti by Kelly’s Dog Blog
- 9. A Garden Dog Walk from Agility Bits
- 10. Dollar Store Agility Equipment, From Liberty Hill House
- 11. How to Build a Dog Agility Course by wikiHow