So says Susan Garrett, and so says Steve Schwarz, the Agility Nerd.
2 10' PVC poles 1" gauge, cut as follows:
Pole #1, cut 2 4' lengths, and 2 1' lengths
Pole #2, cut 2 3' lengths, 2 1' lengths, and 2 2" lengths
6 end caps
(Optional) Colored masking tape to decorate the bars.
This gives you 1 jump with the bottom bar set at 4" off the ground.
You might also choose to make your jumps only 3.5' wide, in which case you can use 3/4" gauge PVC, but these jumps don't meet the regulation 4' and 5' wide jumps required in competition. On the other hand, they are light weight, cheaper, a bit easier to fit in your trunk, and just as much fun for your dog. (I have these at home, as pictured above.)
NOTE: You need either a skill saw, a hack saw, or a table saw to cut the PVC. Beware, the plastic can shatter unless you cut slowly, and it helps to wrap the line to be cut with masking tape first. Protect your eyes with safety glasses.
Assembly: Glue the foot parts together. Glue the upright parts together. Glue the end caps on. Don't glue the feet to the uprights (for flat storage), and don't glue the crossbars to the uprights.
Making your own Jump Cups: Yes, it can be done if you have a table saw and know how to use it, and you get the right kind of T's that don't have deep inner casting marks. 1 T makes 2 jump cups. Cut the top of the T off a wee bit before the middle mark, leaving a C shape that can clamp on firmly to the upright poles. Cut the decapitated T in half, perpendicular to the first cut, and voila, 2 jump cups.
What You Can Practice With One Jump:
- Post Turns
- Pull Throughs
- Front Cross (take off and landing sides)
- Rear Cross (take off and landing sides)
- Blind Cross
- Run Bys
- Around The Clocks
- Go Jumps, Out Jumps, Come Jumps
- Send to Back Side
- Lateral Lead Outs
Upwards and onward!