Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada
I use(and have used) a lot of substitutes and find the learning transfers well to class-time & real equipment. Weave poles is one thing I have found no substitute for.
Substitutes for dogwalks, any plank, a plank on bricks, brick walls (for height).
Teeter--a square plank/board on an object (start tiny, like a lid) on a hard surface so that you can click/mark for wobbles & bangs. Later, I put a plank on an ever bigger log; it was very unstable and loud, and treated for anything but especially the bang. The teeter in class was mild in comparison.
Jumps, I jump my dog over lawn chairs. I made jumps of upside down tomato cages & sticks. The sticks will fall down in the wind.
I do lure my dog through a bicycle rack to at least create muscle memory for weaving, but that's awkward.
Chairs with sticks (placed so they are barely supported, the sticks will fall down. Some people use traffic cones and rest the bar on top.
Step in fence posts (smooth pole with a wing part that you step on to push into the ground) made up my weave-poles in the past, with a pvc pipe dropped over it. These were sturdy & solid and good. I can't find this kind of post any more.
I also had diy jumps, they were great for pick up & go, pvc diy. The bars fell down easilly, they rested on extended nut & bolt that were threaded through the standards. Very cheap.
Stairs make a decent substitute for a-frame. Run up the stairs, run down, and stopped contact at the bottom.
Tunnel is the one thing I can't find a substitute for, so if I would buy (and had a backyard, I don't), I'd buy a tunnel.
Sounds exciting, enjoy your agility adventures.
SONIC--Dominican Street Collie aka 100% Unknown Fibers
All of my other dogs were GSD's, sadly missed, moving forward
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