As part of our never-ending quest for rear-end awareness, I made a set of Cavalettis for Batman this weekend. Cavalettis are short hurdles most commonly associated with equestrianism. I wanted to buy a set of 6, but at over $30/each with shipping, I decided to make a cheaper version using 4″ PVC pipes and fittings. Cost: $10/each. They’re not the most aesthetically pleasing, but they do the job and are dead simple to make.
I like Cavalettis more than the agility ladder for indoor work because the agility ladder I made isn’t very portable and thus lives outside on the balcony, and also because Cavalettis are more flexible. You can arrange them in different configurations all around the house, fan them out, practice doing turns, and other creative things.
Batman is so fun to teach. It helps that he’s so food motivated, and so smart. We just tried this exercise for the first time yesterday. This morning, we came back home from our walk, and he ran into the room, saw the pipes, and tried to run across them, even though I had pushed them all together the night before to get them out of the way. He leaped on top of the pipes and plunked his bat paws in between them.
Luckily I had my camera in my pocket, so I could capture the moment:
Julie, have I told you how this puppy is the light of my life? He makes me laugh everyday.