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Looking for Dog Toy Indoor Obstacle/Agility Course

I've been thinking it would be fun for Willow if I could set up some simple indoor obstacle course for her. I'm thinking of maybe a tunnel and something she could leap over and something to weave through. I don't want to spend a whole lot of money and it would have to be small enough to set up in the hallway and dining room. Does anyone have something like what I want that you can recommend? She seems to enjoy learning tricks (rather than obedience!). Right now she will run around a toilet plunger that I set up down the hall, I also have a box she will either go on top of, inside of or crawl through a small opening.

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Cute! Kiddy tunnels from ToysRUs are cheap, and Havanese fit fine. You can easily make a jump with two 1 gallon milk bottles. Put some sand in the bottom, so they aren't tippy, and put a dowel or appropriate size stick through the handles. For weave poles get a few more plungers! ...Or you can buy sets of small "traffic cones" cheap on Amazon too, and use them for all sorts of games:

https://smile.amazon.com/Toy-Cubby-C...ffic+cones+set

Here's a little indoor agility starter kit that's cheap too:

https://smile.amazon.com/Agility-Sta...+agility+jumps
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Thanks Karen. I like the idea of the milk jugs/dowel - a great idea. I like the cost or that! I checked out kiddy tunnels rather than dog tunnels on Amazon too. The kiddy tunnels look like they are longer than the inexpensive dog tunnels. Lots of good ideas.
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Thanks Karen. I like the idea of the milk jugs/dowel - a great idea. I like the cost or that! I checked out kiddy tunnels rather than dog tunnels on Amazon too. The kiddy tunnels look like they are longer than the inexpensive dog tunnels. Lots of good ideas.
Yes, they are longer. They wouldn't work for larger breeds, but they are fine for our Havanese! You do have to find a way to anchor them, or they will roll... Milk bottles to the rescue again! Just tie a string between two bottles with some sand in ten, and you have perfect "tunnel weights"!


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[/QUOTE]Here's a little indoor agility starter kit that's cheap too:

https://smile.amazon.com/Agility-Sta...+agility+jumps[/QUOTE]

That looks like a nice little agility starter kit. Too flimsy for a big dog, but fine for a Havanese. One good "trick" is "go to your mat." Shama has a tiny blanket (12x18 maybe). You could move a blanket like that to various places and train her to always go lie on it for a treat.

Please let us know what else you do with her. Have fun!
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One good "trick" is "go to your mat." Shama has a tiny blanket (12x18 maybe). You could move a blanket like that to various places and train her to always go lie on it for a treat.

Please let us know what else you do with her. Have fun![/QUOTE]

I should try your suggestion about staying on the mat. I actually have a mat that I got for my corgi when we had her in obedience and were teaching her the command "place" which was to stay on her mat until released. I should try it with Willow.

I've been teaching her a few commands such as sit, stay, down and front (or some people use the word come). I'm surprised how quickly she catches on. Unfortunately I can't practice outside as we don't have a fenced area and I don't think her "front" (come) command would work very well outside off the leash. I can't trust her off the leash plus there are too many predators where we live such as owls, eagles and coyotes to take a chance.
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Yes, they are longer. They wouldn't work for larger breeds, but they are fine for our Havanese! You do have to find a way to anchor them, or they will roll... Milk bottles to the rescue again! Just tie a string between two bottles with some sand in ten, and you have perfect "tunnel weights"!
I am glad I found this posting! I was thinking of getting a cat tunnel because it had two cut-out windows in it. It is 47" long so I was concerned it may not work for a Havanese puppy. Sounds like it will!
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One good "trick" is "go to your mat." Shama has a tiny blanket (12x18 maybe). You could move a blanket like that to various places and train her to always go lie on it for a treat.

Please let us know what else you do with her. Have fun!
I should try your suggestion about staying on the mat. I actually have a mat that I got for my corgi when we had her in obedience and were teaching her the command "place" which was to stay on her mat until released. I should try it with Willow.

I've been teaching her a few commands such as sit, stay, down and front (or some people use the word come). I'm surprised how quickly she catches on. Unfortunately I can't practice outside as we don't have a fenced area and I don't think her "front" (come) command would work very well outside off the leash. I can't trust her off the leash plus there are too many predators where we live such as owls, eagles and coyotes to take a chance.[/QUOTE]

Perry has a "spot" command for a mat I have in the kitchen. I've been thinking of adding a "place" command and using a small mat (probably a folded up sarong) that I can take with me places and move it around. He loves his 'spot' command so much, because that's where he gets treats, that he will grab a toy and run into the kitchen to lay on it if I seem to be even walking in the general direction of the kitchen. AND if I give him a treat in the kitchen off of his mat, he'll grab it and take it over to the mat to eat
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I am glad I found this posting! I was thinking of getting a cat tunnel because it had two cut-out windows in it. It is 47" long so I was concerned it may not work for a Havanese puppy. Sounds like it will!
It will work fine! A lot of breeders have them for their puppies to play in!
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I am glad I found this posting! I was thinking of getting a cat tunnel because it had two cut-out windows in it. It is 47" long so I was concerned it may not work for a Havanese puppy. Sounds like it will!





Henry was crazy about it. He would dive in the holes on the side. He played with it both inside and outside, running across the yard and then into the tunnel. It also has fabric balls hanging inside which provided a lot of entertainment as well. Best toy ever.
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