When you’re looking to really amp up your dog’s exercise routine, consider doing some agility training. You can create an obstacle course in your yard, or even in your home if you have room!
Setting up dog hurdles, tunnels, and other obstacles can add variety and extra agility challenges to outdoor sessions. They also have the bonus benefit of bringing some mental stimulation to your canine’s play times.
Here are five items that can take your dog’s at-home agility training to the next level!
1. A Collapsible Training Tunnel
A training tunnel can help introduce a fresh level of mental stimulation to play sessions with your dog, along with increasing trust bonds between humans and canines.
Trixie’s training tunnel is super durable. It’s constructed from extra tough polyester, so you can set it up wherever your dog likes to play. It’s a fun addition to any outdoor space!
Measuring up to 16 feet, the tunnel can be comfortably positioned in a variety of ways to adapt to the dimensions of your backyard space. The training tunnel’s handy collapsible nature also means it stores away super easily. It even comes with a storage bag, so you can bring it outside of the yard too.
2. An Indoor Agility Kit
If your living situation doesn’t come with any safe or private outdoor access, consider picking up an indoor agility kit.
This vibrant orange-colored setup from Outward Hound is based around four weaving poles, a short tunnel, and a high jump that you can adjust to give your dog variable challenges.
You can also pack up the whole kit can into the portable storage bag for those times when you want to reclaim your living room. This is a great kit for beginners who are just learning the ropes or small dogs who’d prefer to train indoors.
3. A Training Hurdle
How high can you go? That’s the question a training hurdle will ask of your dog!
Packaged in a convenient carrying bag, Cool Runners’ training hurdle is a cinch to set up either at home or in the local park. Consider it the first step towards turning your pooch into a pro level hurdler!
4. A Seesaw Ramp
A seesaw can challenge your dog’s balance skills and add a slope to their otherwise flat obstacle course.
This weatherproof seesaw from Trixie is easy to assemble and weatherproof for outdoor training. The rubber coating will give your dog some traction so they can train comfortably.
It also comes with a booklet for training instructions that can help you set up a fun routine for your active dog.
5. A Balance Board
Dogs who love agility sports definitely need to have a good sense of balance. Not only will a balance board help your dog develop those skills; it will also help them build their core strength and overall fitness.
This board from FitPAWS comes in two different sizes, and you can set it up indoors so your dog can get some exercise even if they’re stuck inside. If you work on your dog’s balance and strength, you’ll definitely see the results next time you hit the agility course.
Does your dog do any agility training? Have you ever created an obstacle course for your dog at home? Tell us all about your experience in the comments section below!
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