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204 Agility Obstacles

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An agility run at a trial is made up of a number of obstacles designed to demonstrate the agility of the dog. While there are several different venues that host agility trials in the US, the obstacles are generally the same or similar.  The heights or lengths of the contact obstacles may vary from venue to venue, but here is a brief overview of each obstacle.  The UKC has several obstacles that are not found in other clubs and are not included here, but more information on them can be found at the UKC website. Click here for the UKC link.


Basenji with Bar Jump - Photo: K. McNeill     Basenji with Bar Jump

Bar Jumps generally have one or two cross bars that are displaceable. The dog must clear the jump without knocking the bar. Some jumps have wings which sometimes act as a challenge to the handler but can also help the dog focus on the jump.


Basenji with Double Jump  - Photo: K. McNeill    Basenji with Double Jump  - Photo: K. McNeill

Double Jump is a jump that has two parallel bars so that the jump is generally ½ as wide as it is tall.


Basenji at Panel Jump - Photo: K. McNeill   

Panel Jump is made up of panels so that the jump looks solid all the way to the ground. Panels are also displaceable. Dog must clear the panel jump without knocking any of the panels.


Basenji wht Triple Jump  - Photo: K. McNeill     Basenji with Triple Jump

Triple Jump is a jump that consists of 3 displaceable bars that are ascending in height. Dog must clear all bars without knocking any. This jump is NOT bi-directional.


Basenji in Tire Jump  - Photo: K. McNeill     Basenji in Tire Jump  - Photo: K. McNeill

The Tire Jump consists of a tire. The dog must jump through the tire without knocking the tire over. Going between the tire and frame or under the tire is a fault.


Basenji with Panel Jump  - Photo: K. McNeill     Basenji with Panel Jump  - Photo: K. McNeill

Broad Jump or Long Jump is a low jump that is usually twice as long as the dog’s jump height.

VIADUCT JUMP is a solid looking jump with at least one cutout arch in the base.


Basenji Pup Learns A-Frame  - Photo: K. McNeill    Adult on A-Frame  - Photo: K. McNeill
Puppy learning A-Frame and adult navigating A-Frame

The A-Frame has two wide boards, generally 3 feet wide by 8 or 9 feet long, hinged at the top and erected to 5 or 6 feet high. Dog must put a foot in the downside contact zone (yellow portion).


Basenji Pup Learns Dog Walk  - Photo: K. McNeill
Puppy learning Dog Walk

The Dog Walk consists of 3-12 inch wide planks that are 12 feet long. The horizontal portion of the dogwalk is 4 feet off the ground. Dog must put a foot in the downside contact zone.


The Teeter (or Seesaw) is a one foot wide plank set up just like a child's seesaw.  The plank is 12 feet long.  Height at apex from the base is two feet high.  Dog must put a foot in the downside contact zone and remain on teeter until it has hit the ground.


The table is a 3 foot square raised platform. The dog races to the table, jumps up and then does a stay on table for 5 seconds before running off to complete the other obstacles at speed.


Basenji with Tunnel  - Photo: K. McNeill     Basenji with Tunnel  - Photo: K. McNeill

The Tunnel is a flexible tube of sturdy material and is staked into place. It is ten to twenty feet in length. Dog goes in the end designated by judge and exits the other end.


Basenji enters Chute  - Photo: K. McNeill     Basenji exits Chute  - Photo: K. McNeill

The Chute (COLLAPSED or CLOSED TUNNEL) is a rigid tube that extends 2-3 feet and is attached to 9 – 10 feet of a tube of material. The dog is required to enter the open area of the tunnel and push through the cloth to exit.


Basenji at Weaves  - Photo: K. McNeill     Basenji exits Weaves  - Photo: K. McNeill

Weaves is a series of 6 to 12 upright poles that are 18-24 inches apart. The dog always enters with his left shoulder next to the first pole and must slalom through without missing a pole.     


A Hoop is a rigid circular hoop that the dog must go through (NADAC only)


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