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Best Dog Agility Equipment Kits 2018

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As dog owners, we all want to ensure that our pets are physically fit. Therefore, you want your dog jumping, running and getting enough exercise so that he is physically fit. There are a number of equipment available that you can use to help your support dog be physically fit and healthy.

If you’d like to train your dog for showmanship, hunting or other extracurricular activities, consider getting an agility training kit. The kit can help the dog build endurance and gratefulness.

Below is a list of the best dog agility kits available in the market. We’re going to review the best dog kits and provide their pros and cons. The information we provide will help you determine which agility kit will best suit your needs.

What is a Dog Agility Training Kit?

A dog agility training kit is a collection of various obstacles (e.g. paw pads, cones, jump over and other equipment). The kit is meant to test your dog’s capability of maneuvering his way around the obstacles, build their eye-paw coordination and improve their general self-awareness of what surrounds them.

If you’d like to go hunting with your dog, make sure they are advantageously poised for the outdoors. A dog agility kit will help you to achieve this. If you would also like to train your dog for shows and other competitions, their agility is one of the main factors that will be put to test. This is why they need to be prepared.

Using a dog agility training kit is a great way for you and your pet to have fun and bond over some physical activities. This is also a good way of spending time with your pet while improving his health.

Below are the top 15 dog agility training kits available in the market.

Best Dog Agility Training Kits

#BestPark Best in Show 7-Piece Dog Agility Course Set

This kit has pretty much all that is required in an agility training kit. The kit contains a hoop jump, doggy crawl, king of the hill, 5 stepping paws, a teeter totter among other activities. The training kit is good for people who would like to enter their dogs into agility shows.

The BestPark kit is available in two different color schemes; green and beige or blue and red. All the components available in the kit are made of powder-coated steel. The surfaces where the dogs step onto are coated with thermoplastic coating to avoid slippnig.

The BestPark agility training kit should be installed in an area measuring at least 70 x 70 feet.

Why it is at #1; The BarkPark Best agility training course is the the most comprehensive dog agility kit in the market. It has a wide range and needs a lot of space to load. This is the best dog agility kit in terms of sheer volume and thoroughness.

PROS

Most dog owners love the items included in the BarkPark Best in Show 7-Piece Dog Agility Course Set training kit. The items make it versatile. The space covered by the kit is not surprising given the number of different items it contains. The items are also used in competition.

The kit is durable and cannot be destroyed or damaged by weather.

CONS

The kit is quite expensive (it is  a little over $10,000). However, if you’re looking to seriously train your dog to win at the big dog shows, it’s something that you should consider buying.

#2 Affordable Agility in the Bag

The Affordable Agility in the Bag is a training kit that comes in a well-made carrying bag. The kit  has a weave-pole set, free standing bases, a tunnel, a hurdle jump, a tire jump and a chute that you can use to teach your dog how to maneuver through obstacles. It is attached with Velcro and the 5 polar-constructed obstacles can either be used outside or inside.

Why it is at #2; The Affordable Agility kit comes second because when compared to the BarkPark Best in Show 7-Piece Dog Agility Course Set, it doesn’t contain the same high quality obstacles that are found in it, but the kit is still a comprehensive one.

PROS

Affordable Agility in the Bag training kit has various positive aspects. For example, from customer reviews, it is obvious that the extendable quality and durability of the product is a hit. Even after using the kit for a long time, its Velcro attachments do not wear down. The kit’s poplar construction is robust and if well maintained, will last for a long time.

CONS

The poplar requires some maintenance (waxing, polishing etc.). Do, if you don’t mind the maintenance, the kit will be perfect for you.

#3 Weave Poles Dog Agility Equipment

The Weave Poles Dog Agility Equipment kit contains a weave pole, a chute, a single double jump, a tunnel and pole placement that you can set up in the yard or whatever space it would fit into. The training kit is constructed from long lasting PVC (durable furniture-grade). The product’s shipping weight is only 55 pounds.

Why it is at #3; Weave Poles comes third because it doesn’t have the same number of equipment and obstacles like the BestPark and the Affordable Agility kits . However, the variety it offers is still quite impressive and many dog owners are  satisfied with it.

PROS

This training kit is durabile. The materials used to construct it are long-lasting and expensive, especially the PVC pipe. The variety of obstacles the kit offers are also expansive, which make it worth the price.

CONS

The kit doesn’t have the same number of equipment like the first two kits. So, if you’d like to train your dog intensively, you may want to choose between the first two kits.

#4 Affordable Agility Mini Travel Teeter

The Affordable Agility Mini Travel Teeter training kit will help your dogs achieve the balance they require to become successful. The kit is weather proof. Therefore, you can leave it outside and it won’t be damaged by the weather. The boards used on the kit are made of sturdy material that cannot twist or wrap.

The Affordable Agility kit measures 12” high, its boards are 8 ft. long and the width is almost 11”. It is also made of treated, anti-slip material.

Why it is at #4; The training kit only has one piece of equipment: a teeter totter, which is not as expansive like other selections.

PROS

The Affordable Agility training kit is of heavy duty and is the perfect piece of equipment for people who’d like to train the dogs in that specific area. The equipment is slip-proof making it safe and its durability makes it a good investment.

CONS

This kit is also not meant for people who are looking for a complete training experience for their dogs, but if you want a great toy, then this suit you perfectly.

  1. FitPAWS Hurdle Set

FitPaws Hurdle Set is meant to turn your dog into a hurdle expert. The jumping bar’s height can be increased from 2 to 30 inches increments, providing challenges for your dog as he strives to complete the maze. The kit has four jumping bars each measuring 40 inches as well as 8 cones that have cut-out hole for extra bar configurations. There are also 8 attachments for height adjustments and the kit comes in a black carrying bag that offers lightweight and portable transportation.

Why it is at #5; FitPaws Hurdles falls at fifth place because it only provide hurdles which specifies the kind of agility training kit it is compared to the kits that take the first and second spots.

PROS

The hurdles of FitPAWS contain enough weight variations making it possible for you to thoroughly train your dog. They are also heavy duty so that they can withstand hard training and long-term usage.

CONS

Customers with dogs of a larger breed thought that the height ratio (which could only be expanded over a 2 foot length) should have been a bit longer.

  1. Affordable Agility Competition Tire Jump

Affordable Agility Competition Tire Jump training kit contains set positions which are consistent with the positions that are found in all major training competitions today. The tire measures 24” and the chain can be adjusted which means that it can be used for different heights. The frame (which is red) is made of furniture grade materials and its PVC pipe is very durable. The kit can easily be collapsed which is goo in terms of storage.

Why it is at #6; The kit is at number six because the tire jump is not the only piece of equipment that is necessary for an agility kit, so by judging it based on the quantity basis, it naturally fell after the other ones.

PROS

The tire jump of this kit is quite regular and can only provide you and your dog with a good idea as to what tire lengths you’re going to experience in contests. The versatility and variability of the height is what makes the kit a good buy.

CONS

Although the kit is good for any kind of weather, there are customers who expressed their concerns over the metal chain’s rusting. If you purchase the product make sure you spray it with anti-rust serum before you use it.

  1. Kyjen Dog Agility Starter Kit

Kyjen Dog Agility Starter Kit comprises of a high jump, weave poles, a pause box and a tunnel. The kit comes with a manual for owners to use and it provided your dog with both mental and physical workouts. The training kit is suitable to be used by children, therefore providing the whole family with fun activities.

Why it is at #7; It is at number seven because it is durable even though it wasn’t created with real training in mind or a professional’s idea. The kit is meant for non-serious event pursuers. It is basically good for having fun in the backyard.

PROS

The kit can be set up without any difficulties and it comes with a construction manual making it easy to maneuver and use. It is can also be collapsed easily and is very portable which means that it can be set up anywhere.

CONS

As we mentioned before, the kit wasn’t meant for professional use. It meant for playing and having fun with your children and some customers claim that its durability level is only meant for the same purpose.

  1. The Klimb Dog Agility Training Platform

The Klimb Dog Agility Training Platform has a PawGrip soft touch coating meant to allow your dog to have a solid grip on the training equipment. It is durable and weather resistant. The legs enable easy storage and portability. The platform enables you to train your dog with ease and also prevents them from problematic behaviors as it provides them with enough space to pause and calm down.

Why it is at #8: Though the platform is an excellent piece of equipment, it only covers a small part of agility training which is climbing.

PROS

If you’re looking to train your dog to climb and stay in one place, then this is the perfect piece of equipment for you. It is durable and its adjustable legs mean that there are a variety of heights that you can use.

CONS

There are customers who claim that the legs became rusty and couldn’t be adjusted easily as they were meant to.

  1. Agility Gear Starter Package with Tippy Board

The Agility Gear Starter Package is a great starter kit that you ought to have. The kit comprises of weave poles, training jump, a tippy board and a pause box (this is where your dog can stop and rest before proceeding to the next event).

You won’t need any tools when assembling it and when it come to the kit’s assembling and taking down it is easy for storage purposes. It is constructed using durable materials like plywood, 40 PVC and flat paint. This is normally considered as a starter package which is used for first time agility training.

Why it is at #9: This training kit is in ninth place because it is considered to be a starter package and is not meant to carry out heavy duty training like the other training kits we’ve talked about.

PROS

The training kit’s durability is the feature that gets it to sell. Another benefit is the ability to assemble it as it is fairly comprehensive for first time users.

CONS

Some concerns were raised with regards to the tippy board, other than that the product is good for use.

  1. Travel Jump Set (4 Jumps and Carry Bag)

The Travel Jump Set training kit comprises of 4 portable adjustable which weight a total of 14 pounds. The jumps are 4” to 2 feet high and 3 feet wide. They can be used indoors or outdoors and they come with a vinyl carrying bag for easy transportation. The jumps are made of furniture grade PVC.

Why it is at #10: The training set comes at number ten because it only meant for jumping. Another reason is that some customers by the fact the jumps fall easily when brushed by the dog.

PROS

It is easy to assemble and the instructions are quite simple which allows the owner to quickly configure it. The jumps height range is also expansive.

CONS

Some customers didn’t like how easily the jumps fall over when the dog brushes against them during training.

  1. Cool Runners Agility Weave Poles

Cool Runners Agility Weave Poles is a training kit that is easy to assemble and it comprises of 6 weaving poles. The poles can be adjusted and depending on what you require of them, they have an offset or straight configuration. The kit complies with the required competition guidelines and there are training center that have kits measuring 2 feet.

Why it is at #11: The kit is at the eleventh place mainly because of its weaving poles. Also the durability of the weaving poles has been put into question by numerous customers who claim that they are easily knocked over.

PROS

The kit’s weaving poles provide you with enough distance and are just right for this particular type if agility training no matter the size of your dog.

CONS

Other than the fact that the weave poles easily get knocked over especially by larger dogs, there are no other complains about the kit.

  1. Dog Agility Training Open Tunnel

Dog Agility Training Open Tunnel kit is the best in terms of tunnel training. The kit is an 18 foot tunnel which is open on both ends. It is 18 feet long and the stakes measure 7” long. The tunnel is very durable and your dog will be able to accomplish this stage of maneuvering and agility training without any difficulties.

Why it is at #12: The tunnel is almost at the bottom of the list because even though it’s of good quality, it only comprises of a single piece; a tunnel and lucks variation that would put it on higher ranking.

PROS

The kit does what it is meant to do and it is good at training your dog to become as agile as possible in this area of training. The tunnel is large enough and is durable allowing you to use it on any dog breed.

CONS

The only mishap of the equipment is that it doesn’t offer a variety of activities.

  1. Outward Hounding Agility Kit

Outward Hounding Agility Kit consists of 1 square tunnel, 4 weave poles, 1 high jump, 1 training and set up booklet and a storage bag. For easy visibility, the kit’s obstacles are multicolored and the high jump is easy to adjust. This is a standard beginning training kit and is meant for dogs that are being introduced to agility training.

Why it is at #13: Although it is a comprehensive kit, it is meant for beginners. Some customers also stated their doubts concerning the tunnel’s durability.

PROS

As a beginner kit, the product is great. It is good for dogs that are first time trainees because it eliminates heavy-duty work outs until they are ready. It performs well as a basic kit.

CONS

Some customers had problems with the tunnel reporting that it tore quite easily.

  1. Agility Gear Training Jump

Agility Gear Training Jump comprises of a 32” jump set which works best for small dogs. The kit adheres to the standards of the American Kennel Club and is perfect for preparing your dog for any kind of jump. The jump is adjustable from 4” to 32” depending on what you require. The kit is made of PVC pipes which can easily be liked.

Why it is #14: The kit is at fourteenth place because it is based in one area of training. The other reason being that some customers weren’t thrilled by how easily it could be dissembled.

PROS

The equipment size is as required by regulation and it will ensure that your dog is well trained. Its adjustable size also offers you with a wide range of options to choose from during training.

CONS

Some customers claimed that the jump easily got knocked over causing some difficulties during training.

  1. Lixit Jump Hoop Dog Agility Starter Equipment

Lixit Jump Hoop Dog Agility Starter Equipment comprises of 6 jumping hoops with a variety of height positions that can easily be adjusted. The kit has spikes made of heavy duty material that are used to hold the hoops upright. The hoops measure 20 inches and also included is a carrier bag.

Why it is at #15: The kit is at last position because of its limited scope and when compared to the other training equipment, it was found it to be less sturdy.

PROS

The kit is great for beginner training because it has base materials. It also works well for play time in the yard with the dog and your kids. It comprises of everything that is required for basic use and training and is also very affordable.

CONS

Since it’s a starter training kit, you get what you paid for. It doesn’t require the durability that heavier machinery need. Customers reported that the hoops are breakable and is not good for training larger dogs.

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