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I'm looking to purchase a 6' or 9' play tunnel for Charley. Can anyone recommend a good sturdy one? I've been looking on amazon and it seems Pacific tents makes a lot of them but some of the reviews mentions that they don't hold up well.

Anyway, has anyone bought a tunnel for their dog? My Charley just loves to run through it again and again and again.

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oh, and here are some pictures of Charley and one of his friends in the 18' tunnel my neighbor has. the dogs just love it! of course it's hard to get good pictures of them - they're either zooming through so fast or they are just staying still and hanging out.
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I'm looking to purchase a 6' or 9' play tunnel for Charley. Can anyone recommend a good sturdy one? I've been looking on amazon and it seems Pacific tents makes a lot of them but some of the reviews mentions that they don't hold up well.

Anyway, has anyone bought a tunnel for their dog? My Charley just loves to run through it again and again and again.
I have two that I got on line, I think through Amazon. They can connect together with velcro. Are they as strong as real agility tunnels? No. OTOH, they wer cheap, and I've had them since Kodi was 6 months old and they are still fine!


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Tillie uses the one I got for my kids YEARS ago... I think I got it at K-B Toys!

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I bought the Pacific Play Tents Institutional Tunnel 20512.
http://www.pacificplaytents.com/PPT_.../PPT_20512.htm

This is not where we bought it from - I can't remember where we did buy it - but there is a link on this site - 'where to buy'. Wherever it was, had free shipping and I think it was $65 or so. It seems very durable. I got two of them, and they do velcro together. It is 9 feet x 22 inches.

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I bought the Pacific Play Tents Institutional Tunnel 20512.
http://www.pacificplaytents.com/PPT_.../PPT_20512.htm

This is not where we bought it from - I can't remember where we did buy it - but there is a link on this site - 'where to buy'. Wherever it was, had free shipping and I think it was $65 or so. It seems very durable. I got two of them, and they do velcro together. It is 9 feet x 22 inches.
Oh, I'm sure I didn't pay that much for the two of mine together! I'm sure mine aren't as well made, but as I said, they are still holding up fine for now!

One thing you need to know about tunnels, though, is that you have to anchor them somehow so they don't roll with the dog inside and scare them. You can use garden stakes on either side if you've got it outside. Indoors, you can use small sand bags or tightly capped square bottles (filled with either water or sand for weight) to hold the tunnel in place.


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Oh, I'm sure I didn't pay that much for the two of mine together! I'm sure mine aren't as well made, but as I said, they are still holding up fine for now!

One thing you need to know about tunnels, though, is that you have to anchor them somehow so they don't roll with the dog inside and scare them. You can use garden stakes on either side if you've got it outside. Indoors, you can use small sand bags or tightly capped square bottles (filled with either water or sand for weight) to hold the tunnel in place.
Yes, there were less expensive versions when I was researching them, but I decided to go with the heavier ones, with two dogs, and I was concerned with toenails going through. Also, our trainer had told me to get dark ones, because Augie was balking at going into the darkness of the one in class. The less expensive one talked about being opaque in one write-up, so I wanted one that would better block the light too.I am not sure exactly how much I paid, but the amount I recollect was 60+ each. They are good quality.

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Yes, there were less expensive versions when I was researching them, but I decided to go with the heavier ones, with two dogs, and I was concerned with toenails going through. Also, our trainer had told me to get dark ones, because Augie was balking at going into the darkness of the one in class. The less expensive one talked about being opaque in one write-up, so I wanted one that would better block the light too.I am not sure exactly how much I paid, but the amount I recollect was 60+ each. They are good quality.
When mine give out, maybe I'll replace them with what you have.<g> Mine were PERFECT for startng a puppy, because they have a couple of screen "windows" that make the tunnel bright and inviting inside. But if you are working to solve a "tunnel problem" I can see how you'd want something closer to a "real" agility tunnel.

The next 2 things I want to purchase are a triple bar and a chute. I'd love to get them from Max 200, because they are the best in terms of quality, but they are really expensive!!! I also need to complete my set of weaves. I've got a set of 6 Max 200 2x2 poles which I love, but the other 6 are cheap-o PVC ones. I really want to get another set of 2x2's from Max 200 to have the whole set of 12. 'Course, THEN I'd LOVE to have a whole set of contacts...


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When mine give out, maybe I'll replace them with what you have.<g> Mine were PERFECT for startng a puppy, because they have a couple of screen "windows" that make the tunnel bright and inviting inside. But if you are working to solve a "tunnel problem" I can see how you'd want something closer to a "real" agility tunnel.

The next 2 things I want to purchase are a triple bar and a chute. I'd love to get them from Max 200, because they are the best in terms of quality, but they are really expensive!!! I also need to complete my set of weaves. I've got a set of 6 Max 200 2x2 poles which I love, but the other 6 are cheap-o PVC ones. I really want to get another set of 2x2's from Max 200 to have the whole set of 12. 'Course, THEN I'd LOVE to have a whole set of contacts...
Well, nuts, I had a post all typed out and hit the wrong key and away it went!

I like the tunnels I got, a lot. The length is easily maneuverable, and so is the weight, but yet can put together and get more of a 'real' agility length. And, so far at least, they seem very sturdy. Karen, I was really taken aback at the price of this stuff when I was checking into it. I could not believe how expensive it all is. And then, after we got ours, I pulled out of agility for the time being. Too many things going on and I wasn't giving quality time to either Agility or Rally or Finn. But I thought we could still work on some of the agility things when we had the time, and when the weather is nicer, so I have room to put it up outside. My house certainly is not large enough.

I think I did buy a chute?? at the same time I bought the tunnels - but I have no idea what I did with it. Probably put it away somewhere when it was my turn to host coffee, so I could get it out of my living room! Maybe I am 'losing it'!! I am sure it is not of the quality you are talking about. I would like some weave poles too. I had rebar positioned in the ground with PVC pipe over it and plastic open fencing attached as a guide. But we couldn't mow well around it so eventually took it up. I would like something easier to set up and take down. Finn is over a year now so he can do this stuff too. I really need to work with Augie (when I have time) on a moveable board. Last summer, he ran amok out in the field where we were training - I am sure he saw all that space and couldn't help himself - and he went on the teeter and scared himself. I have a big enough yard where I could have set this stuff up; but I landscaped it before I knew I wanted dogs - it really isn't all that dog friendly!

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But I thought we could still work on some of the agility things when we had the time, and when the weather is nicer, so I have room to put it up outside. My house certainly is not large enough.
The fact of the matter is, if you are taking lessons somewhere that you can get your dog comfortable on the contacts, all you really need at home are a few jumps and the weaves. The weaves because it just plain takes a lot of practice to get them fast and consistent (and the dog consistently finding the entry by themselves) and the jumps so that you can set up different situations to practice handling skills. I've been doing agility at least twice a week for 2 years now, and Kodi learned all the obstacles in the first 3 months. (except the weaves... it took about a year for him to get really reliable on those, which I hear is about average) The REST of this time, it's been ME learning the handling skills to get him where he needs to be in the most efficient way possible. THAT'S MUCH harder... at least for my old brain!!!

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I would like some weave poles too. I had rebar positioned in the ground with PVC pipe over it and plastic open fencing attached as a guide. But we couldn't mow well around it so eventually took it up. I would like something easier to set up and take down. Finn is over a year now so he can do this stuff too.
That's why I like the Max 200 2x2's so much. They are really stable, really well built, and REALLY easy to move around!!! I typically take down the course and re-set it once a week so that my son can mow, and also so that we can practice different exercises. I usually try to set up something similar to what we worked on in class so that I can really get it into my brain at home. So if the weaves were tough to move around... I probably wouldn't even set it up!

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I really need to work with Augie (when I have time) on a moveable board. Last summer, he ran amok out in the field where we were training - I am sure he saw all that space and couldn't help himself - and he went on the teeter and scared himself. I have a big enough yard where I could have set this stuff up; but I landscaped it before I knew I wanted dogs - it really isn't all that dog friendly!
You can easily make a wobble board with a square of plywood (they'll cut it for you at Home Depot for a couple of dollars) and a half a tennis ball attached to the bottom. You could use it with both Augie and Finn. It's a great way to get them more comfortable with something moving under their feet. I'm betting that that "Fearless Finn" boy will be your agility dog, and Augie can keep his feet on the ground doing Rally and Obedience with you!


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