Degility: Movement With Purpose
The classes in this section are as follows and titles can be achieved at each level.
Quick & Nimble
Unlike Parkour, a course in Degility is done all at once. Because you are using obstacles and equipment that you have acquired or built, you can set up each course and train your dog through each course just like Rally Obedience.
Depending on the level of skill, a course can be made up of different skills and different obstacles. Each obstacle will require only one skill at a time. Unlike Rally, you can choose the skill you wish to show on each obstacle. Since speed is not a component of Degility except for Quick & Nimble, you have time to decide.
Each course that we will create for you will contain at least 10 skills and 7 obstacles. You and your dog will cycle through the obstacles just like an agility course where you could potentially do one type of obstacle, especially jumps, 3 or more times.
Obstacles can include whatever you can find. Most of what I have I've found in the "FREE" section on Craigs List. If you've done agility you can also use regular agility equipment. I've even found springs from old cars in junkyards very cheap for the springy table obstacle.
- Tunnels: old tires, 50 lb drums with ends cut out and rolled (drape sheet off one end for collapsed tunnel), cardboard boxes with holes cut in two sides
- Mazes: barrier plastic stapled to stakes, three (or more) cardboard boxes with holes cut in sides duct taped together to make maze tunnel, Xpens and puppy play pens made of plastic
- Patterns: weave poles, cones, patterns outlined by flags, stakes, and ropes made in zigzag, figure eight, and 90-degree-angle shapes
- Spaced platform jumps: 16" x 4" blocks stacked three high and 16" apart, tree stumps on end, rubber feed tubs
- Surfaces: stones, sand, plastic, water obstacle such as a kiddies' wading pool, etc.
- Dog Walk: Picnic tables lined up with planks connecting them, stacks of cement blocks and rail road ties, straw bales
- Jumps: Hula hoops, cardboard boxes, cavaletti, rail road ties, even tractor tires
- Slides: straight (as opposed to curved) plastic kid's slides are best
- Ramps: boards or logs to make ramps
- A-frames: half-buried old tractor tires (see Front Page picture) for going over and through, lumber in "A" shape
- Broad jumps: made from lumber and/or PVC pipe, ditches
- High jumps: hula hoops, old window doors (for large dogs), PVC pipe makes great jumps, barrels, broom handle laid on two boxes
- Dog Walks: cinder blocks with an 8' x 1' x 2" board laid on top, horizontal ladder walk, flip/flop board (like a tiny seesaw), packing crates
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