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Here's how I make simple dog agility training jumps that don't take up as much room as jumps with wings.

See below for the method.


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You'll need two pieces of wood about 38 inches long for the uprights. 3 inch by 2 inch is ideal. I used offcuts bought for 50p each. 
Then you want two pieces of wood for the crosspieces. These came from an old palette. They should be long enough to make a frame about 4 feet wide when joined to the uprights.   
Find two more pieces of wood for the feet. They should be long enough to give the jump stability.
Give them all a lick of paint and then start the construction.

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Nail or screw the feet to the bottom of the uprights as shown in the diagram.

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The frame should now look like like this.  You'll need to measure and mark the uprights so that you know where to fix the jump cups.  I use six cups fixed at 35cm, 55cm and 65cm.  If you want a midi height you'll need to measure and mark a height of 45cm.

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Jump Cups

Here's how to make your own jump cups.  You will need a few empty washing up liquid bottles for this.   It's a shame the makers of washing up liquid didn't think of agility people when they started to put the stuff ito funny shaped bottles.  I think we should start a Bring Back the Round Bottle Campaign.

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Cut the bottom off the bottle to make a pot.

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Cut the pot in half.


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Shape each half to make a jump cup.

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Make two holes in the end.

You now have two jump cups ready for fixing.
Note: It doesn’t go down very well if you buy a crate of washing up liquid andempty the bottles into a bucket.

If you have a fast and furious dog you may find that the bottle cups above tend to wear our rather quickly.  Oh well I have to admit that Sasha knocked the cups to pieces in no time, whereas Jamie used them for years with no damage at all.  He became a very careful and accurate jumper. If you want to buy some sturdy jump cups cheaply have a look at the cups below

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Here's the finished jump.

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Jamie, this is a wonderful jump. Why not try it? Yes it is a wonderful jump.  I went to a lot of trouble to make it you know. 

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OK.  I'll put it down to
fifteen inches.

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I'll give you a titbit
if you try it. 

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So why didn't you say there was food involved?


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