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Old 11-21-2012, 04:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I will be purchasing my first piece of agility equipment this weekend, a teeter. What other pieces of equipment should I consider purchasing? My classmates seem to have everything and who knows someday I may too but what would you consider to be the basics to have at home?
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Jumps! They're pretty cheap (especially if you can find someone local who makes them with PVC) or easy to make yourself. There's a lot you can do with just one jump (Susan Garrett even has a video by that name, Success with Just One Jump) and tons more if you have several. Weave poles are another "must," as that is a skill that takes plenty of practice at home.

We also have a tunnel (but good ones are pricey), a table, a seesaw, a contact trainer (though honestly I don't know how well the skill transfers to the full-size equipment), and contact training stairs.

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I am going to look into making jumps. Does anyone have a jump plan that is good. I have looked on the Internet but some seem pretty dicey. Thanks for the video suggestion. I like Susan Garrett and that video sounds like just the ticket. I am thinking of weave poles soon. Unfortunately my dishwasher and cooktop just failed (nice timing right before Thanksgiving) so I will probably have to wait on the weaves for now. Do you think I could get away with a cheap tunnel with a toy?
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Oh, yeah, for a little guy any tunnel would be fine, I would think.

Stick in the ground weave poles aren't expensive to make; you might look into those. We actually started with stick in the grounds, invested $$$ into some J&J poles on bases...and then they went to 24" spacing so we don't even use the poles on bases any more and are back to our stick in the grounds. *sigh*

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The first tunnel I got was from a toy store. Since your dog is young and not a standard that would be fine. When you can get weave poles, do so. You can make your own jumps very easily. I have a little book with plans for cheap equipment around here somewhere. If I find it I will bring it to W. Springfield and if we manage to meet up there you can look at it. Otherwise I will put the information about it in a future post in this thread.

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Nickel's agility instructor said if we could only buy one piece of equipment then it would be the jumps.
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Well I survived Thanksgiving without a dishwasher. I cooked and bright it all to my mother in law's place and it worked out great. I think my plan will be to purchase a teeter and then weaves and make some jumps. I will check after Christmas, maybe I can pick up a kid tunnel. I think Swizzle needs the teeter and I need the jumps to work on my handling skills. First I was not doing any crosses and now I am throwing too many in. It is not coming intuitively for me. I think with lots of practice I may find a happy medium. Catherine I hope this Christmas goes smoothly with no break downs. I will look for you tomorrow. I don't know a time - it all depends on my husband.
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Hey there, sorry to have missed you today. I will get you the title of that book for making agility equipment when I get home. It has a good set of plans that makes things out of pvc you can buy at a home warehouse store without a lot of short leftover pieces. It also explains how to make double and triple jumps along with singles and other obstacles.
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I am bummed we did not get to meet up. We made a very fast visit because we were totally unprepared for our trip at 4 this morning. Despite all needing to purchase a new cooktop and dishwasher (gosh they are so expensive) I got my teeter, a set of 12 2x2 weave poles and the Susan Garrett DVD on weave poles 12 in 12 days (I know Susan can do that but that is so not happening with me). I would love the title of that book. It sounds like exactly what I need.
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Check out affordable agility.com for the weave poles. They have sales prices through tomorrow on various obstacles.

I have purchased several items and have been very satisfied with the quality, shipping speed, and customer service. And I am definitely not affiliated with the company just have had good luck with their products as a beginner :-)
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