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    Default Dogs and agility contacts

    Okay so this is probably a stupid question but oh well
    So i am building some agility equipment (Jump and A frame) in my Product Design and Tech class.
    My teacher wants us all to have somthing unique about what we build, and i was thinking of letting my inner artist go, and use crazy colours!
    But i was wondering, when we train dogs to use contact zones, do the dogs actually recognise the contact zone colour or do they just know that they have to touch the bottom and not jump off? i was thinking if i use crazy colours it might confuse the dog... maybe
    My plan for the A frame (hopefully) is to have some kind of dark colour for the main bit, and for the contact zones, i was going to splash crazy colours of paint, and the little sticky-outy grippy bits are going to be shaped like bones

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    Our contacts are a darker colour.............dogs do not see the colour according to all my teachings, but they do see a difference. I use different equipment in different places and they are all different colours........I have taught my dogs, by having an initial treat/touch at the end of each bit of equipment. and if you see my dogs work, they will have their nose down at the end of the equipment......forever hopeful ............but hardly ever. They are jackpot junkies
    I also teach "wait" so they do LOL

    I think whatever you use will work and it will be good for your dogs to get different equipment to work with.............Proof's the dog for the unexpected
    Pets are forever

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    Ooh can you build some for me....

    I think dogs do recognise colour to an extent - they're best at blue and white and shades of that. Not sure how great they are with yellow - I think that's the official colour for the contact zones of scramble, seesaw and dog walk. Ok the SA rules - just say "a different colour" visible on all sides ie you paint the side of the frame as well so judge (and handler) can see if the dog touches from side on.

    It also says all contact equipment shall have effective all weather non-slip surface - scramble, dog walk, table and see saw.

    You can download the rules that describe the equipment from the state kennel club in your state. The SA ones are here.
    http://www.agilitysa.com/AgilityRules2011.pdf

    There might be a set on the ANKC site too. They're supposed to be the same though QLD has a non CCCQ agility competition in parallel with their kennel club affiliated one - and the rules are different.

    How you train the contacts vary. You can't really train for a specific colour because different clubs use different colours tho yellow is very popular, you just have the dog trained for yellow and you arrive at a club that uses blue!

    Or one club borrows another clubs equip and they have different colours at the same event.

    Have fun.

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    Thanks, for the advice, very helpful
    just to clarify... do you think it would be okay if the contact zones on MY A frame were somthing like this?
    I know its no where near the standards, but still, i am hoping it wont matter for the dog....
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    Last edited by maddogdodge; 03-01-2012 at 05:46 PM.

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    Yep, blue stands out the most to a dog and they can't see red and green as different colors so you can go crazy with the red and green all over it but make your contact zones mostly blue.

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    What Crested said

    I would try the crazy pattern over most of the obstacle, but make the contact zone, a single colour - ideally one that's not in the mix used over the rest of the frame.

    Don't forget the non-slip cover/coating - which at our club means a very industrial grade of non-loop carpet. Like used on fishing boats.

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    Okay, thanks everyone! Great advice
    i will make the contact one single colour, and will mess around with the rest of the frame!

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