Agility Course Obstacles

Agility Obstacles © Deanna Alner
 

An Agility Show will have a series of obstacles laid out in a large ring. The Kennel Club allows a combination of 16 obstacles to be used on an Agility course. The measurements given for the following equipment differ depending on whether the dog's height is large, medium or small.

Hurdles

The height of the hurdle for each height must be as follows:

Large Dogs -         65cm (2ft 1.6ins)
Medium Dogs -     45cm (1ft 5.7ins)
Small Dogs -         35cm (1ft 1.75ins)

Lower Height Option

Large Dogs -               550mm (1ft 9.6ins)
Medium Dogs
-           350mm (1ft 1.75ins)
Small Dogs
-              250mm (9.8ins) 

For more information please find our Lower Height FAQ's here.

Rising Spread Jump

A maximum of 2 single hurdles placed together to form a double spread, there must be no more than 2 elements to this obstacle. The top bar on the first hurdle must be at least 15cm (5.9ins) to 25cm (9.8ins) lower than the top bar on the second hurdle.

The maximum spread to be:
Large Dogs -         55cm (1ft 9.6ins)
Medium Dogs -     40cm (1ft 3.7ins)
Small Dogs -        30cm (11.8ins)

Brush Fence

Dimensions and details are the same as for the hurdle. This obstacle must have an easily displaceable top unit.



Hoop (Tyre)

The dimensions for this obstacle are as follows:
Aperture diameter 53.3cm (1ft 9ins) minimum.

Aperture centre from the ground:
Large Dogs -                 80cm (2ft 7.5ins)
Medium Dogs -             55cm (1ft 9.6ins)
Small Dogs -                49cm (1ft 7.3ins)

Table and Pause Box

Table
94.1cm (3ft) square minimum and should be of stable construction with a non-slip surface.

Height:
Large Dogs -              60cm (1ft 11.6ins)
Medium Dogs -          40cm (1ft 3.75ins)
Small Dogs -               30cm (11.8ins)

Pause Box     
Defined area 1.219m x 1.219m (4ft x 4ft)



Long Jump

Each unit must be a minimum length of 1.219m (4ft).
Large Dogs (3 - 5 units): The overall maximum length to be between 1.2m (3ft 11.2ins) and 1.5m (4ft 11ins). The height of the front unit to be 12.7cm (5ins) and the height of the rear unit to be 38.1cm (15ins).

Medium Dogs (3 - 4 units): The overall maximum length to be between 70cm (2ft 3.8ins) and 90cm (2ft 11.4ins). The height of the front unit to be 12.7cm (5ins) and the height of the rear unit to be 30.48mm (12ins).

Small Dogs (2 - 3 units): The overall maximum length to be between 40cm (1ft 3ins) and 50cm (1ft 7.7ins). The height of the front unit to be 12.7cm (5ins) and the height of the rear unit to be 22.86cm (9ins).



Water Jump

The overall maximum spread should be:

Large Dogs - between 1.2m (3ft 11.2ins) and 1.5m
(4ft 11ins)
Medium Dogs - between 70cm (2ft 3.8ins) and 90cm
(2ft 11.4ins)
Small Dogs - between 40cm (1ft 3ins) and 50cm
(1ft 7.7ins)

A low hurdle or brush may be placed in front of the water, with a maximum height of: 
Large Dogs -         61cm (2ft)
Medium Dogs -     35.6cm (1ft 2ins)
Small Dogs -         22.8cm (9ins)



Wishing Well

This obstacle must be of stable construction and will be able to be fixed to the ground. To ensure the safety of the dog, it will have no sharp edges. Should a design be utilised which involves a removable centre section then the resultant corners must be rounded or padded.

It will have a roof of which the bottom will be no less than: Large Dogs - 150cm, Medium Dogs - 122cm, Small Dogs - 95cm from the ground.

The roof must not project beyond the width or depth of the base. It will have a displaceable top bar the height of which will be: Large Dogs - 65cm, Medium Dogs - 45cm, Small Dogs - 35cm.

The minimum space from the top of the bar to the top of the base will be: Large Dogs - 16cm, Medium Dogs - 15cm, Small Dogs - 10.5cm. The overall width of the base will be between 90cm & 140cm. The depth of the base which the dog jumps will be a maximum of: Large Dogs - 55cm, Medium Dogs - 40cm, Small Dogs - 30cm.



Pipe Tunnel

This obstacle should have a diameter of a minimum of 60.9cm (2ft) and should be a minimum of 3.048m (10ft) in length.



Weaving Poles

The minimum number of poles should be 5 and the maximum number 12 and they should be in a continuous line, as straight as possible and should be 60cm apart (1ft 115/8ins) between the poles.

The poles must be of rigid construction and with a minimum height of 76.2cm (2ft 6ins) and a diameter between 3.2cm (11/4 in) and 3.8cm (1½ ins).

The base must have support bars at the bottom of each pole and they must be positioned away from the side a dog would normally negotiate each pole.



CONTACT  EQUIPMENT

A Frame          

Two ramps 2.74m (9ft) long by 91.4cm (3ft) wide hinged at the apex 1.7m (5ft 7ins) from the ground. The last 1.067m (3ft 6ins) from the bottom of each ramp should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact. Each ramp must have a non-slip surface, and anti-slip slats at intervals but not within 15.2cm (6ins) of the start of the contact area.



See-Saw                                   

This obstacle will consist of a plank firmly mounted on a central bracket. The length of the plank should be a minimum of 3.66m (12ft) and a maximum of 4.267m (14ft). The width should be 25.4cm (10ins) minimum and 30.5cm (12ins) maximum with the height of the central bracket being a maximum of 68.5cm (2ft 3ins) from the ground. The last 91.4cm (3ft) from each end should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact. The plank should have a non-slip surface with no slats.



Dog Walk

A walk plank of approximately 1.372m (4ft 6ins) high with firmly fixed ramps at either end. The planks should be a minimum 3.66m (12ft) and a maximum 4.267m (14ft) in length and a minimum of 25.4cm (10ins) and a maximum of 30.5cm (12ins) in width. The last 91.4cm (3ft) from the bottom of each ramp should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact. Each ramp should have a non-slip surface, and anti-slip slats at intervals but not within 15.2cm (6ins) of the start of the contact area.



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