Dog Agility Equipment Standards - See-Saw, Dog
Walk, and A-frame
The dog agility course uses obstacles designed to specific
standards based on the height of the dog running the course.
Each one of the different equipments is made to prevent
injury to the dog and is uniform to promote fairness. The
USDAA presents minimum standards for agility classes
(height) and the equipment specifications for the United
States Dog Agility Association.
Other classes may have different standards so if you are a
trainer you should be aware of the specifications for the
equipment of the trials that you and your dog intend to
enter. The different trials may also require different
number of obstacles for the course and different layouts. It
is a good idea to get your dog comfortable with the
different equipment at minimum standards and then adjust the
equipment to the specific requirements for the course you
will be entering.
If you intend to enter a dog agility trial details of the
course and the equipment specifications should be available
to you for training purposes.
Here are the minimum USDAA requirements for the different
pieces of agility equipment:
See-Saw The See-Saw requires a ramp length of twelve feet
with a width of eleven to twelve inches. The height of the
See-Saw should be twenty-four to twenty-seven inches at the
apex. The contact zone should be thirty-six inches in
length. The See-saw needs to be visible upon approach.
Dog Walk The Dog Walk should have a ramp length of twelve
feet and a width of eleven to twelve inches. The height of
the dog walk can be anywhere from forty-eight inches to
fifty-four inches tall. The contact length should be thirty-
six inches long.
A-frame The A-frame should have ramp length of nine feet and
a minimum of thirty-six inches long. The A-frame should be
set at a ninety-nine degree angle at the apex for large
dogs. This is approximately five feet ten inches or seventy-
inches total. For small dogs the apex of the A-frame should
be set at a one hundred and four degree angle which is
approximately five feet six inches or sixty-six inches
total. The contact zone length should be forty-two inches
As part of the Performance Program and for the twelve inch
and sixteen inch Championship height classes the A-frame
height will be set at five feet six inches or sixty-six
Slats are required on the crossover ramp and the dog walk
with spacing of twelve to fifteen inches between them. On
the A-frame slats are required every foot or twelve inches.
Slats need to be a minimum of four inches but no more than
six inches above and below the contact point edge.
Slats should measure between three eighths of an inch and
one half of an inch in thickness and between three quarters
of an inch and one and one-half inch in width and span the
entire width of the plank or sidewall on the A-frame. This
is to ensure the dog has good traction on the equipment to
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