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What dog agility equipment do I need to get started?

So you have an active and smart dog and your thinking about trying dog agility. After you make sure with your veterinarian that your dog can participate in dog sports and you have looked for a local dog club or facility and dog agility trainers, you probably want to be able to practice in your own yard. Most starter kits consist of a jump and some related paraphernalia that really doesn’t get you positioned to start sequencing patterns or addressing focused behavior.

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It’s best for you and your dog to get comfortable with the distinct types of agility equipment.  Two of the major categories of equipment are jumps of varying types and contact obstacles such as the teeter/see saw, dog walk, …etc. We feel that starting with 3 single jumps and a travel plank can be very beneficial. And here’s why:

Starter Short Jumps Sequence    (click here to see video)

 (1)You can learn to perform basic jump sequences with 3 single jumps and get into a flow of action. As you progress with the single jumps we offer, you can nest the single jumps (because they are tripods) and they can be used as more advanced double or triple jumps. 


 (2) We use height indicated plastic jump cup strips that the jump bars are placed in. This assures, for safety reasons, that the bar will be displaced if it is hit while your dog is performing a jump. The jump height of the bar can be adjusted alone the marked plastic jump cup strips. We also use plastic end caps for added safety. 

Patch practicing contacts on Travel Plank    Puppy introduced to contact surface

Travel Plank used on vehicle tailgate

Travel Plank used on vehicle tailgate

(3) The travel plank helps your dog become accustom to contact agility equipment with rubberized surfaces. The travel plank we offer is as wide as a dog walk plank, but only 4 feet long. It can be elevated on one to simulate the feel of the contact zone on a dog walk and is a great way to practice 2 on 2 off. But on our travel plank that’s only the beginning! The travel plank can be placed on the ground (legs folded away under the plank) and it can be used to introduce your dog to the movement of a teeter/see saw or for balance practice and conditioning. There is a tube on the underside of the plank that acts as a fulcrum permitting the plank to make a small up & down movement and recreating the sound of the teeter as the end hits the ground. This is something many dogs need to get accustom to and the teeter/see saw is the only piece of agility equipment that actually moves. Establishing confidence early on is important. See our product page:

Patch with Essentials Starter Set - 3 Single Jumps with a Travel Plank

Patch with Essentials Starter Set – 3 Single Jumps with a Travel Plank


We offer this equipment as a starter kit, but we do not compromise on quality or durability. These jumps can be used at any level and the travel plank is great for practicing contacts on-the-go, in between classes or on the road. The travel plank only weights 12 lbs! With a modest start, you will be set to have fun and progress in your training. See our product videos:

What are the features to look for when choosing a See Saw/Teeter?

Click here to see the video What are the features to look for when choosing a See Saw/Teeter? – YouTube.

The features you need to look for are: 1. Rubberized surface  2. Performance is predictable and consistent 3. Reduced friction providing smooth decent and return. 4. Reduced flex  5. The base needs to disperse any movement.  6. Easy to assemble and transport  7. Plank falls within 3 seconds when a 3 lbs weight is placed 1′ from the end. 8.It should have an adjustable stand with a telescoping rod, not a chain, making it easy to train at different levels and also competition ready  9. Durability and strength!


See the Teeter at:

Gina helping to deliver a new Teeter to a customer.

Gina helping to deliver a new Teeter to a customer.

Do you need help training your dog on the See Saw? The TipAssisT could be the answer!

The See Saw/Teeter obstacle in dog agility can be very intimidating for some dogs and a bad experience or the wrong type of introduction can delay your progress significantly.

TipAssisT and See Saw

The TipAssist aids with Teeter/See Saw training.  We know how challenging this obstacle can be for many dogs and the TipAssist is a significant break through. The TipAssisT is used to train dogs to achieve confidence, improve speed and develop independence on the Teeter or SeeSaw.  It was developed by Lynne Stephens of Doglogic Canine Education of Statesville, NC in cooperation with Emmco Sport. This product will help your dog to improve:

(1) running though the tipping point to the very end of the see saw

(2) staying on the see saw right to the ground

(3) 4 on or 2 on 2 off ending position. It is built for stability and ease of use.

The cushioned bar also reduces noise. It is easy to change the TipAssist height and measure milestones in training. It stores easily and can be transported for use in different venues. It also includes an instructional video featuring Lynne Stephens’ training techniques that will help every step of the way.

 Lynne Stephens of Doglogic Training has some terrific training tips and insights. Please take a look at what she has to say. We know you will find this information to be very helpful.


Bad Dog Agility also address this issue using the TipAssisT

TipAssisT Introduction video 

Blue TipAssisT

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