The A Frame

Kennel Club AGILITY REG H(1)(B)m

Under KC rules this is called an A ramp but always known as A frame!

Comprises 2 ramps each 2.74m long by 9144mm wide hinged at the apex 1.75m from the ground.

The last 1.067m  from the bottom of each ramp should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact.     Each ramp to have a non-slip surface and anti-slip slats at intervals but not within 152mm of the start of the contact area.  Non-slip does not mean NO slip – be careful in the rain, dogs can slip even on rubber surface.

There is currently no rule as to the type of surface but there are two types in use – rubber and non-rubber (paint mixed with sand to make it non-slip).  Whichever is used must be specified in the schedule for that show (tip – always read the entire schedule not just the classes page!).

The height of the A frame does not change for different dog sizes so all dogs run at the same height. (It’s a long way up for little dogs!)  The only exception to this is in special classes which are run for any size dogs or veterans (over 7) where occasionally a dog walk is used but at a lower height.


5 faults if the dog misses either the up or the down contact – so can get 10 faults on this if your dog misses both contacts.  The marking is for failure to make contact with the contact area.

Elimination if the dog “leaves the obstacle and then puts a paw back onto the obstacle” – so if your dog strides over the contact but stops and puts it’s paw back to make the contact that is an elimination. Also if the dog touches or alights from the wrong direction – so this could be if your dog gets to the top and turns round and comes back down (it happens!).

Refusal – if the dog stops or turns away when in a position to take the obstacle or runs past the line of the furthest point of the contact area; if it gets off before the down ramp.

Judges are advised to try to ensure that the entry onto the contact equipment is reasonably straight – as a handler you should ensure your dog is able to make as straight an entry as possible to avoid the dog missing the contact by jumping over it, or touching it and going straight off at an angle which could be dangerous.  This might mean you making sure your dog takes a wider line.  You should ensure your dog has a good enough “run up” ie approach so that it can get up enough speed to get to the top and the approach is straight enough to ensure a safe and accurate contact.  Similarly on the down contact, you will have 3 options, to go forward and on to another obstacle, to turn left or turn right so you need to think when walking a course, what is the obstacle following the a frame to ensure you are on the correct side.  You don’t want your dog jumping off the side or turning back towards you.  Agility is a bit like chess, always looking one obstacle ahead!

Training contacts – lots of different ways – a whole section necessary for this topic.  But all contacts can be taught at home very simply without the need for special equipment. 

Contact Address

Mrs Ann Hampshire


Dartmoor Dog Training Club

West Brushford Farm




EX18 7SJ


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