What are Magic Squares? Magic squares are a pretty versatile piece of equipment that works on your dog’s confidence, body awareness and mobility. They are also pretty easy to make and much cheaper than buying online. Making a set of 6 will cost you less than a $100
Video coming soon of different exercises you can do with your dog with the magic squares!
- Measure and mark your PVC Pipe to 16″ and 6″
- Cut your PVC at the markings
- Collect 4 long and short poles and put in a pile as you’re cutting along, measuring and marking.
- If you measured correctly and resourcefully then you should have 6 squares with very little pvc to spare
- Decide if you’re going to spray paint. This could take a couple sessions to get all sides of the pvc pipe and dried completely.
- Before connecting the elbows, I recommend spraying the insides of the elbow connectors with a little bit of cooking spray to make separating easy!
- Connect the elbows so it’s perpendicular to the ground with one side facing up.
- They should be ready to use, have fun and always use caution before a new fitness activity!
- The easiest way to store them is to stack them alternating like the below picture! You could even hang them up on a big hook.
Read More about the Magic Square from Do More with your Dog!
Developed by World-reknowed trainer and NY Times bestselling author, Kyra Sundance, this prop is a key tool in the official Canine Conditioning Coaches training program.
- Pedestal Training— Send to Square
- Pedestal Training— Stay in Square (Home Base)
- Bow/Stretching (keeps belly up)
- Stacking for Structure Evaluation
- Peanut Holder
- Fit Ball Holder (Instability Resistance Training IRT)
- Teach a “Stay”
- Perch work (2 paws in square, rotate)
- Ball perch work (front paws on ball, rotate around)
- Teach “go to Touch Pad”
- Back up (square is upside down)
- Recall fronts
- Structure & Gait— Cavalettis
- Structure & Gait— diamonds
- Structure & Gait— in an arc
- Structure & Gait— high/low/high/low