My little Cockapoo, Ruby, loves to do Agility and I want to be able to practice with her at home! One of the first pieces of equipement that is useful for a course is the Bar Jump. It is used in all different "games" and dogs love them. You can of course purchase jumps but when I priced them I was shocked how much they wanted for a single jump let alone as set of them! In this Instructable I'll show you how to build a regulation jump that you can use to have fun with your dog!
Also note that on every step (other than "The Plan" step) I have included a video walking through the step. If you just want to view all the steps in one video, view DIY Dog Agility Jump
If you have never trained a dog for agility, please seek the training of a professional. Improper training can harm your dog and you could pattern bad habbits in your own movements. Agility can be a safe and fun sport for both you and your dog but some guidence is needed to ensure the longevity of your team!
Step 1: The Plan
- Bars: 1" Schedule 40 PVC 4 to 5 feet long, striped for visiblility
- Uprights: 1 to 4 inches wide at least 32" tall
- Cups: Stick out no further than 1 1/2" and should allow bar to easily displace (ie. come off the cups if the dog misjudges the jump)
Following those guidelines, our design will have:
- Bars: 1" Schedule 40 PVC 4 feet long
- Uprights: 36" long, 1" Schedule 40 PVC
- Feet: 18" long, 1" Schedule 40 PVC
- Cups: custom modified PVC Tee Joint
1 AKC Regulations for Agility Trials, Chapter 3, Section 8