So if you think you might want to try some agility with your dog, but also want to do it safely (no broomstick on a chair), then building your own equipment out of pvc may be right up your alley.
Today I am going to show you how I made my jumps, and also give you links for additional equipment plans.
- Saw (not needed now, but for future DIY equipment)
- PVC cutter (Tube Cutter) – spend a little bit more for a tube cutter like the one below, the lower priced ratchet cutters are a lot harder to use.
There are several ways you can make jumps, but I like using a base bar method.
- 2 – 8 foot Schedule 40 PVC
- Cut into the following: 5 – 30inch pieces ; 4 – 6 inch pieces
- 6 – 1 inch end caps
- 2 – PVC 4-Way Connectors : these can be purchased at Clean Run Magazine
- 1 – Set of Clip n’ Go Jump Cup Strips
- Colored Electrical Tape
I use the above lengths due to the size of the Shih Tzu’s. I find that it saves a little money by only having to buy only 2 pieces of PVC. But if you have a medium to large dog here are a set of jump plans from Clean Run that help you build a little bit taller and wider jump.
As you can see from the picture, the bars appear to be a little smaller (diameter) than the uprights. At the time when I made these jumps I made more than one, so I used 3/4″ PVC for the cross bars (2- 3/4inch 8ft pvc and 3 – 1 inch 8ft pvc).
I hope this helps and inspires you to make your own jump(s). Always start out with 1 jump, then make 3, and finally work your way up to 5 jumps for your backyard drills. And if you want more equipment plans? Don’t worry, we will have a few more posts with detailed instructions on making, a teeter, pause table and dog walk!
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GROOVY GOLDENDOODLES says
Made some one summer – no one was even interested 🙁 It looked impressive though….
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Carol Bryant says
I am so glad that you wrote this post – so many folks I know want to do backyard agility but you really have to be careful and know what you are doing. Can be hard on the dog, too. 🙂
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I love this idea! Making my own would have ordinarily intimidated me, but this looks like something I can do – thanks for sharing and the detailed instructions and photos!
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Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner says
I got lazy and just bought my back yard jumps from Amazon. It would have been way cheaper to make them though. It looks super easy.
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It's Dog or Nothing says
I keep contemplating making some agility equipment for the pups. I think they would really enjoy it 🙂
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Jen Gabbard says
That’s awesome; and PVC is something I think I can see myself working with. I’m going to ask my boyfriend if I can borrow some of his tools and see if I can put some of these together 🙂
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Victoria Carter says
Very awesome! I’ll have to keep this in mind for ours! I’ve been wanting to do agility with a few of them!
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Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats says
Great way to save money while practicing agility!
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Cathy Armato says
My husband is the handy one in this household, but I’d love to get him to do this. He loves PVC, uses it for everything! Thanks for sharing this DIY project
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Amanda Yantos says
Fantastic! I homemade my agility equipment before we started actual classes. Now we have jumps, tunnels and contacts at home to work on. Practice makes perfect!
Jillian Cameron says
This looks really fun, and easy to do! I wonder if my dog would like something like this! 🙂
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Great ideas! May have to give this a try.
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This is a cool idea! The dog agility runs always look like a lot of fun. I hope you guys have fun learning all of your new tricks 🙂
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Jana Rade says
We need some of this stuff. Do have a tunnel for now.
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great idea..must try this
Pawesome Cats says
These Shih Tzu sized jumps would be perfect for the cats! Might just have to add this to my DIY list of jobs. Happy Easter to you and the family. xx
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San Diego Dog Training says
Brilliant idea for DIY agility equipment. Very helpful for my 3 pups buddies.
Great project! I’m looking forward to seeing the other plans too.
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We have some of those! Unfortunately, Leo forgets what his back legs are supposed to do, so he knocks them over a lot.
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Two French Bulldogs says
Good idea. We jump all over without agility stuff
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Earl Lover says
Backyard agility equipment sure is handy.
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Jessica Shipman | Beagles and Bargains says
Bookmarking this for when we have a backyard. We will definitely be building some backyard equipment!
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I am literally squealing with delight a I write this! Yes, I DO want to make backyard agility equipment!!
Oz the Terrier says
What a cool DIY project! It’s a shame that when I see those agility jump bars that I just run around them. BOL Ma could never convince me to jump over them.
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Golden Daily Scoop says
Very cool! We are getting our dad on this as soon as the snow melts!! Thanks for sharing!