Posted Date: December 19, 2017
A dog walk adjustment idea from AgilityNerd Steve Schwarz.
by Steve Schwarz
Reprinted with kind permission of Steve Schwarz
I love my dog walk (made by Iowan Mark Ries 10+ years ago) because it's easy to move on rough terrain, tunnels can be placed anywhere beneath it, and because the legs pivot and lock to set the height at 2 feet or 4 feet. My youngster, Snap!, is very happy racing over it at a 2 foot height. But, at full height, he is still racing full speed but isn't finding a comfortable stride pattern. So I was thinking about how I could set up this dog walk at intermediate heights (2.5 feet, 3 feet, and 3.5 feet) to help him.
Of course, there are dog walks that have chains connecting two piece supports to provide infinitely adjustable heights and new fancy dog walks that adjust in different ways; but I'm not about to get a new dog walk.
Then it occurred to me that since the supports on this dog walk pivot/rotate around a hinge it could be set at any height if I put a solid spacer under the bottom of the pivoting frame. The first photo shows the default rotated 2 foot height and the second photo shows two solid concrete blocks under the support to give a 2.5 foot height.
If you have a dog walk with a similar design, you can try this approach too. Make sure everything is stable and safe!!
Steve Schwarz has been training and competing in agility and flyball since 1997. He focuses on helping handlers improve their communication with their dogs on course in a positive and light hearted manner. Steve brings an analytical approach from his engineering background to the study and training of agility.
In order to stay knowledgeable about current agility training techniques, Steve trains regularly with top agility handlers and attends multiple dog and agility training seminars each year. Steve competes in AKC, USDAA, UKI, and CPE venues and has competed in NADAC and UKC.
Steve also writes the longest running dog agility blog: AgilityNerd with regular articles and videos on agility training, handling, and course analysis.