The "Closed Tunnel" (Chute) is different than the "Open Tunnel". It is called "Closed" because as soon as the dog runs into the entrance part (which to the dog resembles a tunnel), they encounter a long tube of material that they have to run through. They are running "in the dark" so-to-speak...temporarily losing sight of you! Standard for competitions is a plastic barrel for an entrance, and the chutes are approx. 12 feet long. Almost always there is a closed tunnel in a trial.
What is the Closed Tunnel made of? The chute part is made of rip-stop nylon. It is not as thick as competition chutes but is suitable and durable enough for backyard practice and small-group use. The fabric barrel is made of a heavy duty Dacron similar to the weight and feel of canvas. It is the same material of our institutional series tunnels. It accordian folds for easy portability.
How do I keep it from rolling/moving? There is a simple stake and rope kit included free, but this is not that sturdy for larger or faster dogs. The tunnel needs to be staked down in some way so the wind doesn't blow it away and also so it doesn't move when your dog barrels through it a lightning speed. PVC braces can be purchased on some dog sites but these are expensive ($30 to $40 each). You can easily and inexpensively make a wicket (upside down "U")by purchasing wire from any hardware store or Home Depot type store and bend it to go over the tunnel with the ends going down into the ground to hold the tunnel in place. One of these at each end will be sufficient. The only tool needed is a wire cutter to cut the wire or you could have it cut to length at the hardware store. Another suggestion is to use bungy cords with tent stakes, both of which can be purchased at any discount or hardware store. You can stretch the bungy cord over the top of the tunnel and secure it on each side of the tunnel to a tent stake which is pushed into the ground.
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