Introduction: Instant Weave Poles!

Dog Agility Weave Poles in a matter of minutes!!! This is an almost no tools Instructable!!!

My dogs started agility early this year and I have been stewing on how to make different obstacles to practice with at home... Chess my Border Collie went up a class a few weeks ago and could really use the practice on the weave poles so I went to my local hardware store and came up with these!!!

Step 1: Materials!

What you will need from the hardware store (I went to my local Bunnings).

  • 6 meters of 20mm PVC water pipe ($6.2 for a 3m length, or $2.3 for pre-cut 1m lengths! I'm lazy, I paid the $1.4 extra to avoid cutting anything).
  • 6x Irrigation spikes (double check that they fit, they didn't fit every piece of 20mm PVC only about half, not sure why).
  • 6x 20mm end caps.
  • Insulation tape in bright colours for decorating.

Other odds and ends

  • Scissors.
  • Ruler or measuring tape.
  • Pencil.

Step 2: Assemble!

Fit each 1m length of PVC with an irrigation spike on one end and an end cap on the other!

Step 3: Decorate!

Use the insulation tape to decorate your new weave poles!

Step 4: Practice!

Practice, practice, practice and enjoy!

Comments

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Verdantic made it!(author)2014-01-28

Great idea for starting weave pole training like you and Chess, or for light or low drive dogs... Not so handy for dogs that wrap tight and drive hard :(

I had a similar set (PVC pipe over rebar, gives you a deeper peg and a little more resistance to sideways forces, also lets the poles spin which can be more comfortable for the dog) and only got a few weeks of early weave training out of them because my dog went through them like a bowling ball through pins once we had some drive for them. Not much choice but a pegged steel base for us :(

How did you and Chess go with them, Fauxangel?

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sarahofsydney made it!(author)2014-01-28

Hi Verdantic, we went really well with the courses and obstacles. Unfortunately we had to give up going to classes as Chess has separation anxiety and any time a dog came near me or between us she would get very upset which I was worried would lead to her attacking another dog. We still practice and play at home lots though and enjoy it! Great to hear about the rebar set, seems like a very simple concept! My two are quick but very gentle and don't seem to like to touch the poles so no drama with that. One of your practice sessions! Still very early on... http://youtu.be/01LdXHihy1c

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Bobey made it!(author)2013-05-23

I wish my dog could do that nice instructable

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