Like bar jumps, weave poles are another type of cheap dog agility equipment that can be more affordable to make yourself.
Materials can be as simple as PVC pipe or branches that are somewhat straight.
Set them up in a fixed row, or else make them so they’re easy to take apart.
Important: Before You Star
We suggest you check out the videos and training tips here before coming back to the instructions. Different methods of training require different numbers of poles.
Also, while weave poles are an easy type of cheap dog agility equipment to build, they can be one of the most difficult types for your dog to master.
What is the Time, Cost & Materials of DIY Weave Poles
TIME & COST
It will take you about 30 minutes to purchase and cut the PVC pipe (or have store personnel cut it for you).
After that, it should only take another half hour to constructyour setup.
The total cost ought to be no more than USD 20.
- Colored tape
- Six 1 inch (25 mm) T connectors
- A total of 21.25 feet (6550 mm) of 1 inch (25 mm) PVC pipe cut as follows: *See below
- Four Vertical Poles 30 inches (760 mm) long
- Six End Poles 12 inches (300 mm) long
- Three Base Poles 19 inches (480 mm) long
The materials at right will make it possible for you to add a vertical set of 4 poles, 30 inches tall onto a firm base.
*Some things to note:
If a store clerk cuts the pipe, ask if you can mark it to get the most accurate cuts, especially for your Base Poles.
The Base Poles are an inch (25 mm) shorter than 20 inches because you have to account for the fact that they don’t go all the way into the connectors.
Thinner 3/4 inch (19 mm) PVC pipe will be less sturdy. One-inch pipe is used in U.S. competitions.
- Working from the left: Take three End Poles and attach to T1
- Attach one straight end of T2 to the perpendicular End Pole just assembled
- Attach Base Pole 1 to T2 (straight end)
- Add T3 to Base Pole 1
- Attach Base Pole 2 to T3 (straight end)
- Add T4 to Base Pole 2
- Attach Base Pole 3 to T4 (straight end)
- Add T5 to Base Pole 3
- Take three End Poles and attach to T6
- Attach the perpendicular End Pole to T5
THE VERTICAL POLES:
- Put colored tape around the pipe at intervals
- Make sure connectors T2, T3, T4 and T5 have the open end pointing skyward
- Insert each Vertical Pole
Training Tips and Techniques
2×2 pole method:
- There is another technique involving attaching wires between curtain poles.
- Depending on the training method, use 2 or 4 weave poles to start with (you can always add more later).
- For the collar or short leash method, you may want to start with poles only 30 inches (760 mm) high.
- Use at least 24 inches (600 mm) for the spacing between poles, since the AKC determined in 2010 that is better for dogs‘ spines than a shorter distance
- For competition training, get information from officials as to what distance they use, and space your poles accordingly when making this cheap dog agility equipment.
- Weave poles are a timed event at agility trials. Teach your dog to go through them slowly at first, then try to get your dog to do them more quickly over time.
- Vary the number of poles used in practice to get your dog used to different competition setups and keep him or her from getting bored.
Good, your weave poles are up! Making affordable agility equipment out of PVC or branches is a snap, isn’t it?
By the way, if you haven’t built a bar jump yet, see Cheap Dog Agility Equipment: Bar Jumps.