How to Build a DIY Dog Agility Course
Build this easy-to-assemble agility course for your dog, and watch him get happier, healthier—and smarter
You have your tricked-out media room. The kids have their backyard playground. But what about your dog? We think this oh-so-important family member deserves a special home recreation area too.
Which is why we recommend getting everyone together this weekend and building her a DIY dog agility course. Not only will it give you and your family some quality bonding time with your favorite canine, the workout the course can provide will be great for your dog's health, behavior, and longevity. "Active dogs tend to keep fluid in their joints longer, which lessens the effects of aging," says Carrie DeYoung of the American Kennel Club. And watching your pup fly over hurdles, whip around poles, and balance herself on a teeter-totter provides way more family entertainment than watching TV or playing video games. Here's how to build your dog's rec area.
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Cut List for Pet Agility Course
Clean the printing off the pipes using clear PVC cleaner (optional). Mark each section of pipe to length using the cut list below. Cut all the sections using a pull saw. Write the length of each section at the end of the pipe where the marking will later be covered by a connector or end cap.
(All 1½-inch pipe, unless otherwise noted)
8 @ 12 inches
2 @ 48 inches
2 @ 5½ inches
2 @ 6½ inches
2 @ 15¼ inches
4 @ 18½ inches
2 @ 12 inches
2 @ 24 inches
6 @ 40 inches
8 @ 3¼ inches
8 @ 19 inches
4 @ 14½ inches
4 @ 12-inch
1 @ 12 inches (2-inch pipe)
Download all the plans for this DIY dog agility course here.
Plan to make one of these? Show us the finished project and you could be featured in This Old House magazine