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Does your dog agility contact equipment need to be refurbished?

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3 WAYS TO REFURBISH! 

We offer repair products, U-Do-It kits and resurfacing services. Your existing equipment can be renewed and updated with a rubberized surface.  We can do this for you, or you can do it yourself with our EZ Panels, contact specific kits or our fabricated rubber skins.  You can save hundreds of dollars and be back in the running!!
Repair Products
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EZ PANELS

The easiest and quickest way to resurface your old A Frame, Dog Walk and/or Teeter is by installing our EZ Rubberized Panels.  No sticky glue, no smelly vapors. Also economical to ship.Each EZ Panel is aluminum with a rubberize surface. You receive specific panels per the type of equipment. For example, the A Frame has 3 EZ Panels on each side.  All you need to do is screw the panel to your existing frame.   Each kit includes an instruction sheet and hardware. Ideal for replacing rotten plywood. Just specify AKC, USDAA, or NADAC, and we do the rest.  Blue rubber with yellow contacts. Rubber slats where needed.
Fabricated Rubber Skins

Fabricated Rubber Skins
Save up to 15% with our fabricated rubber skins verses other suppliers! Skins are made to USDAA, AKC, NADAC specifications including rubber slats where required. This is the same product we use on our own equipment.
U-Do-It Kits
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U-Do-It Rubber Kits

The lowest cost resurfacing option is our U-Do-It Rubber Kits.  The kits are 20% less expensive than our competitors.  Each kit contains pre-measured rubber granules, binding agent, and instructions.  Available in US only.

Resurface Equipment
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Resurface Contact Equipment

We can resurface your existing equipment with a rubber surface and contact zones for any venue.  We can replace the existing surface with aluminum sheet or use the existing surface. Offered in the Carolinas only.

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What is a Contact Trainer and how can it be used?

Contact Trainer – YouTube.  We hope you will like learning about contact trainers and seeing how much enthusiasm Patch has helping around the shop! Find the contact trainer at : http://shop.emmcosport.com/Contact-Trainer-CT01.htmContact Trainer

 

What qualities do you look for in Single Jumps? Our new jumps use Plastic Connectors.

New Jump with Patch and Dad

New Jump with Patch and Dad

Single Jump tripod side

Single Jump tripod side

Single Jump Footed side

Single Jump Footed side

Single Jump Foot

Single Jump Foot

Single Jump center bar and foot

Single Jump center bar and foot

New Single Jump fully assembled

New Single Jump fully assembled

There are many discussions and points of view about jumps and what they should include or exclude. The top of the list should always be safety for the agility team members (you and your dog). It’s important that when a dog or person come in contact with the jump that the component parts fall away dismantling the structure. We also feel that the lighter in weight the materials, that the jumps are made of, the more likely they are to fall out of the way. Our jumps only weigh 4 lbs. Some PVC jumps are very heavy and rigid and can present just as many issues as the older model jumps made from steel. Being light weight is also an advantage when it is time to move the jumps to create a new course, store or transport. It is also important that the exposed ends have plastic end caps creating a blunt end. Plastic jump cup strips are practical and provide a soft impact when brushed up against or when contact occurs. Some agility enthusiasts also feel that the bottom bar is unnecessary. If you feel this way we also offer free standing single jumps that will fit your need.

Click here to see the videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2_MFs62Uho

 New Single Jumps and Patch 

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. 

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:  http://shop.emmcosport.com/Starter-Set-starter.htm

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: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2_MFs62Uho&feature=player_detailpage

http://www.emmcosport.com/Product_videos.php

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:    http://shop.emmcosport.com/Teeter-T0001.htm

Gina helping to deliver a new Teeter to a customer.

Gina helping to deliver a new Teeter to a customer.