Dizzy Dogz Mag'

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Missy is in control

She illustrates the point well: Find the tipping point, change stance and wait for the bump. Seesaw is quite challenging and can be frightening. Try walking over it and I think you'll be more cautious than confident! Sure, dogs have the advantage of 4 paw drive but realising they can control it is great progress.

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Walking the plank!

Weave pole jumps.

2 weave poles with cups added can be used as a simple light weight portable training jump.

Cups designed to be fitted to weave poles are designed to be fitted with rivets. Problem is you then can't use them as weaves! Easy solution is to use a round file to produce grooves as shown then use a piece of bungee cord. These cups fit 32mm waste pipe. I recommend solvent weld (abs) rather than push fit (polypropylene) because it looks better and stays straight. I often have components in stock so if you're in the group just ask.

If you're not used to using bungee cord be sure to melt the end after cutting it with candle or lighter

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Simple wooden Jump Design

I have often been asked about making jumps to use in the garden. The design shown in the picture is simple but effective. I don't think I need to write instructions but a shopping and cutting list might be useful.

From Wickes:

2 lengths of 34mm x 34mm x 2.4m. From these cut 6 uprights 80cms

2 lengths of 18mm x 94mm x 2.4mm. From this cut 6 at 45cms and 6 at 35cms

1 x 3m length of 32mm waste pipe. Solvent weld is better than push fit. Cut this to make 3 x 1 metre poles.

From Ebay:

100 3.5mm x 30mm stainless screws 

waterproof wood glue (Small)

20 plastic joint connector blocks

jump cups (I sometimes have these in stock)

Contact trainer

I designed and built this contact trainer back in 2011 and was using it today in seesaw mode. It's a handy gizmo and wondered if anyone might like to make one. (15ft long and 43" high)


A significant element of my design is that the taper runs up the A frame side and 3 feet down the dog walk which guides dogs to the center line. Far safer than the one shown in the picture below which suddenly changes from 3ft wide to 1ft.


Those plastic connector blocks give a good 3 point contact but also keep the wood off the ground when parked on the patio. Built well and treated or painted these will last for years. Though a more complex design the ones we use in training are now 11 years old! 


This one has an aluminium frame but it could be made from wood. Contacts require sheet material and this can be made with just one 8 x 4 sheet.

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Several manufacturers have produced contact trainers like the picture to the right. I'm certainly not lost for words to describe it, I have lots, just can't think of any that are polite!

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