Then Jamie has a go and Sasha
watches to make sure he gets the contact.
Then they both want sweeties for
being good dogs
....and finally we musn't forget
the most important bit of all. A plentiful supply of tea.
we'd used the dog walk few times I got fed up with trying to thread
the hinge handle through the bolts to hold the ramps in place.
I decided to replace the hinges and hinge handle with some right
angled brackets. I pushed some coach bolts into the hinge
slots on the top section of the dog walk so that the brackets could
just slip over the top. I found this much easier to set up but
you do need to push down on the ramps to make sure that everything
Jilly loves all the
contact equipment. After a while I remade the dog walk down to
it's original size again as it was too heavy for me to lug around
all the time. Here she is training over full sized club equipment for the first time when
she was about thirteen or fourteen months old.
Most people use
rubber contacts now but buying the rubber granules or the skins to
cover your own equipment is hellishly expensive. I've just
revamped our dog walk by putting new plywood on the ramps and then
covering them with yoga mats cut to size.
The yoga mats came from the TK Maxx clearance section and they cost me £7
each. Annoyingly yoga mats aren't quite six feet long and so I had to buy
three to get enough to cover the dog walk. The top one isn't the same
colour blue but I don't think the dogs noticed. I glued them on with No
Our dog walk is kept under cover but if you have to keep yours outside you'll
need a weatherproof glue and good quality external plywood.
Here's Sasha practising the end position on the dog walk and a video of Jilly.
Jilly is obsessed with her toy and it took a lot of training to get her to
ignore it until she's finished her run and she's been told to get it. A
toy is great for training forward focus though so that your dog doesn't keep
looking back at you.