probably going to be the easiest garden jump you'll ever make. The
good news is you don't need any carpentry skills. The even better news
is that the jump is very cheap to make. In fact my latest garden jump
is dedicated to all the non woodworkers who despair of ever putting anything
together that even vaguely resembles a dog jump.
This is what you need to make the jump
of wood 85mm long. If you can't use a saw bribe someone to do it for
you or ask them to cut it at the DIY shop. The wood can be
any sensible size (not a plank). I used 25mm x 50mm or 2x1 as it used
to be known.
4 pieces of wood out of the
garden shed. These can be any offcuts. They
only need to be sturdy enough to hold the long bits in place.
A dog to jump over the jump when it's finished. (I'm
assuming that some non agility people may land on this page by accident and
have to jump over it themselves. They can do if they want or they could send
the children over it or the grandma.)
cups (More about these later.)
This is how to put the jump together. You won't get over this part. All you have to do is nail two of
the big bits of wood to either side of each of the long bits.
This is illustrated in the picture on the right.
I did this quite easily. When I finished I realised that maybe I
should have painted the wood before I nailed it together.
Oh well, you can't be brilliant all the time and today I just happened to be
feeling as short as two thick planks.
Next we need some jump cups. You can make these yourself or you can
buy them. To make them you just need to find any cylindrical container
that you're about to throw away. Cut it in half and then round the
edges to make something shaped roughly like a jump cup. Make a couple
of holes in the end for the screws and away you go.
If you don't want to make your own jump cups you can buy
them ready made. The cups sometimes influence the way in which your
dog jumps so think carefully before you decide.
Agility Dogs Jump 4 Joy sells ready made jump cups and I
buy mine from them. Jamie used home made cups for years but Sasha can
destroy them in minutes. It just depends what sort of dog you've got.
Here's the live auctions from ebay.