If you ever thought of getting your dog into agility but were not sure how to get started much less train your dog to use the equipment on an agility course? Dog agility equipment is not exactly the type of thing you will find at your local pet store, so it can leave you somewhat at a loss as to where and what to look for. You could choose to create your own dog agility equipment, this is certainly an option and one that many people without another option available to them have done in the past.
You may also choose to join a dog agility group, another excellent option for many dog owners there are many different reasons why either of these options may not work for you. Keep in mind that any equipment you might build assuming that you are handy enough to do so, needs to be similar to the equipment that will be used in dog agility matches. It may help to get your dog understand what you want from them but eventually you will need to train your dog on the type of equipment he will encounter at a match.
Joining an agility group is only an option if you have one nearby, this sport is becoming more and more popular but still you will find that most agility groups are in the bigger cities and those out in smaller areas may not have access to such things. The other thing you will have to worry about is that sometimes agility groups require dogs to be purebreds, while not all are like this many of the competitions are open to mix breeds it is a problem that has been encountered. Some may just prefer to work alone on their own, and may not wish to be a part of a group; this makes an excellent case for having your own dog agility equipment.
So just where do you go to find dog agility equipment? The best places is online, where you can find stores that either carry the equipment that you cannot make yourself, or you may find specialty shops that carry everything you will need from start to finish. A word of warning much of the agility equipment can be costly, particularly if you are buying from a small specialty type shop where the only thing they sell is agility equipment.
To provide comfort and convenience to your dog, it is advisable to give him or her the best items and things that he or she needs. You should provide the best automatic dog feeders for your dog so he can be fully trained.
The trick is to spend a bit of time looking to see what you can find on the Internet, there are a lot of different shops that carry some agility equipment at much lower prices, the more that you shop around the better chance you are going to have at finding equipment that will do the job for you. You may find tunnels at one store and ramps at another, either way be sure to compare prices to be sure that you are getting the lowest prices possible.
Make sure to search by keyword for the equipment you are looking for and to look at more than the first or second result on the list, the idea here is to compare prices so that you can get the most amount of equipment for the least cost.
It is also important to make sure that the equipment you find is meant for agility practice and made to hold up under the type of abuse that a dog in agility practice is going to put it through. You should look for tunnels that are made from 600D Dacron that is made to withstand your dog’s nails and all the running that he will do inside the practice tunnel. Dont be tempted to buy tunnels made for kids, or those made from cheaper materials they simply will not hold up.
Make sure your agility tunnel also comes with all the equipment necessary to ensure a safe and easy experience for your dog, you should get mounting stakes as well as a connecting belt to secure two tunnels together.
If you are looking for agility equipment as well as other pet supplies you should visit The LA Shop they have a little of everything including a 15′ agility tunnel with everything you need, including a convenient carrying case so you can set your tunnel up anywhere. You will also find play pens for puppies, cat condos, food dishes and aquarium supplies for your pet as well as a wide variety of different things for your home. At the LA Shop we have a little bit of everything making our shop a great place to come and browse when you can’t find what you are looking for elsewhere.