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Practice Teeter Base

Price: $94.95

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You won't be up and down about this choice! One of the best designs available in a practice teeter base, you'll be quite pleased with the UV-resistant plastic piping that never needs painting, and the rolling, pull-out DETACHABLE fulcrum which allows you to quickly remove the board from the base. It also features visual "side-bars" so the dog can see where the pivoting center of the board is. It is 24 inches tall (competition height) and is strong enough to hold the weight of 10 men!

Note: This is the base only - You will need to purchase and paint your own board. We include the hardware and easy assembly instructions for what board to get and how to prepare it.

What exactly must I get to complete this obstacle?

1) 2 inches thick, 12 feet long, and 12 inches wide
You should be able to pick one of these up at a lumber store or home & garden store for under $15. Don't use pressure-treated boards, as they are far too heavy. A regular hem fir board works perfect. (Do not use a 10 foot long board.)

2) Exterior Paint
You will need yellow paint for the "contact zones", and some other contrasting color of your choice for the center part. A 1/2 gallon is all you need for each color. You could also get a a few cans of yellow spray paint for the contacts. Many paint stores and larger home & garden stores have mis-matched "oops" paints for $3-4 a gallon. You might be able to at least find a nice color for the center part of the board (and maybe yellow, if you're really lucky). Exterior paint is recommended. Don't get gloss for the yellow paint (too slippery on the contact zones), but you could use it for the central part if you'd like. Latex paint is also recommended over oil, as it features easy water clean-up.

3) Sand
You can get a bag of kid's play sand, or rough sand (doesn't really matter) for about $3-4. This needs to be sprinkled on the wet coat(s) of paint for traction. Minimum amount needed is approximately 2 cups of sand. Traction is NECESSARY for safety and dog's ability to control the board.

How does the board attach to the base & How easy is it?

All you need is a screwdriver. Simply use our template to lay out where to screw the brackets. The instructions will guide you step by step. It's all very easy. After that, to remove the board, you simply pull out the fulcrum pipe and lift off the board. This is a unique design that we are very proud of!

How is the height adjusted?

The practice model is not adjustable. It is at competition height of 24 inches.

How sturdy is this base as compared to another material, such as wood, and how does it compare to competition bases?

The base is very sturdy - it will safely hold the weight of a human, let alone a heavy dog. It compares to competition bases in quality, but as far as we are aware, trials do not allow plastic pipe bases, though we are not positive of this. Typically they use steel ones, or wood.

Space and portability is important to me. Can I use a shorter board, and how easy is it to move?

No, you cannot use a shorter board with any base that is 24 inches tall. If you want a shorter board, see our mini complete see-saw with 8 ft plastic board (for small to medium dogs only). It has great portability (the board breaks down into 3 small pieces).

Tip:

Also called the See-saw, this is called a "contact obstacle", because your dog must make contact on a certain area of the obstacle. It's not just a matter of your dog going up one end, and down another, your dog must also hit the yellow "contact zones" that are painted on the boards with his paws. This is a rule to keep dogs from running so fast that they don't properly control the obstacle. Many dogs like to "fly" off the teeter, forgetting to walk down slowly. This is especially the case with larger breeds.






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