Author Topic: Think about tunnel placement when getting a dogwalk  (Read 1164 times)

Roger Coor

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Think about tunnel placement when getting a dogwalk
« on: March 21, 2016, 02:55:35 PM »
  Thinking about getting a dogwalk?  Stop and consider a few things first.  There are some dogwalks sold out there that look nice, but have some short comings.  In fact some of the big name equipment companies have some of the worst designs for doing agility. A dogwalk is more than just something for the dog to walk over safely, it also has to integrate into the rest of a course.  On any given trial there is an almost certainty that there will be courses that have a tunnel wrapping around the dogwalk either around a leg or from the ramp to the leg.  If your dogwalk won’t allow that, the safety of the dog and the course are compromised.  Dogwalks are not cheap and they should last a long time, so be thoughtful about all the ways it will be used before you buy it.
  If a dogwalk does not safely allow for a tunnel to safely wrap around either leg or from the ramp to the leg safely and without pushing out to metal, it is not going to work very well at a trial.
  There are some poorly designed dogwalks out there, but there are also some really nice ones.  A good dogwalk has a NADAC approved surface, is stiff enough internally that it does not need extensions or braces that get in the way of a tunnel.  There is no need to have such huge spreading legs that neither tunnel position is possible.
  Bracing should all be above any tunnel.  Legs should not have to take up the space of a small room to keep it stable.  Rube Goldberg type knee bracing can be replaced with stiffening the panels.  Keep your dogs safe, and permit flexibility of tunnel placement. 
  “Let the buyer beware” applies to buying a dogwalk, just know what you are looking for.  A good design does not cost any more either.
Roger Coor

Linda W. Anderson

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Re: Think about tunnel placement when getting a dogwalk
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2016, 03:09:51 PM »
Could you recommend some companies that have the appropriate design for NADAC style courses?
Thanks,  Linda
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Roger Coor

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Re: Think about tunnel placement when getting a dogwalk
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2016, 04:14:35 PM »
Linda,
 Email me privately and I can discuss it.
Roger
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Lin Battaglia

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Re: Think about tunnel placement when getting a dogwalk
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 09:14:23 AM »
I agree Roger. Lots of OLD type DWs out there that are also so flexable that a dog is bounced across/along the top or ramps surfaces unsafely. Especial with the big dogs. There are safe engineered DWs available that are amazing. You get what you pay for. Dog safety should come first. Message mdt-Agility Ability privately and we can direct also.
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