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5 DIY Dog Playground Plans You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Written by: Chelsie Fraser

Last Updated on May 28, 2024 by Dogster Team

Dog running through playing tunnel

5 DIY Dog Playground Plans You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Dogs love to play. Not only is it fun, but it’s also a great way to burn off their excess energy. Dogs like playgrounds as much as kids do, but most people don’t think of building a backyard playground for dogs. Luckily, there are several DIY dog playground ideas that you can build at home to give your dog a space that they will love. You can keep your dog healthy and have fun without leaving the yard!

No matter what kind of dog you have or the size of your yard, there’s a DIY playground plan here for you!


The 5 DIY Dog Playgrounds

1. DIY Dog Park Transformation by BringFido

DIY Dog Park Transformation
Image Credit: BringFido
Materials: Bamboo poles, scrap material, PVC pipe, plywood, hinges
Tools: Screwdriver, screws, saw
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This DIY dog park from BringFido includes a slalom course, tether pull, hurdles, an A-frame climbing tower, and even a teepee-style doghouse! It’s everything that a dog could ever want! This plan is based on reusing and repurposing scrap materials you have lying around so you can add on or pare down according to your supplies or space.

2. DIY Tire Tunnel by

DIY Tire Tunnel
Image Credit: PetDIYs
Materials: Old tires, paint, nuts, bolts
Tools: Shovel, drill
Difficulty Level: Easy

This DIY tire tunnel uses old tires to make a play tunnel for your dog. If you don’t have used tires, pick a few from the junkyard or your local tire shop. You’ll need a place to dig a rectangular hole and drill holes in the bottom of the tires for drainage.

This project requires few technical skills, so practically anyone can take it on!

3. Make Your Own Dog Obstacle Course by Hill’s

Materials: PVC piping, soccer cones, cardboard boxes, plywood, bricks
Tools: N/A
Difficulty Level: Easy

These obstacle course plans are easy to follow and can be adapted to any skill level. It’s easy to create ramps, jumps, and tunnels using leftover scrap materials. This project is low-cost and simple to build in a few hours. All you need is a little creativity. An obstacle course is a great project that will allow your dog to play and train his mind, agility, and obedience at the same time!

4. DIY Dog Agility Course by

DIY Dog Agility Course
Image Credit:
Materials: Two sheets of 2×4 plywood, wood strips, brackets, support bars, PVC pipe
Tools: Drill, screws, saw
Difficulty Level: Moderate

A DIY dog agility course is a great way to keep your dog busy and burn off excess energy. This plan includes a teeter-totter and jump poles. It’s relatively simple to build with a few supplies you can pick up at your local hardware store. These obstacles are also ideal for instilling confidence in your dog and a way to fit in extra training time.

5. DIY Weave Poles by SpiritDog

DIY Weave Poles
Image Credit: SpiritDog
Materials: Pool noodles, alligator clips
Tools: Scissors or knife to cut the pool noodles
Difficulty Level: Easy

Weave poles are used in dog agility competitions and are ideal for engaging your dog’s mind and body. You can buy sets of weave poles or use pool noodles to make a few.


In Conclusion

Dog playgrounds are simple to make with a bit of imagination. In most cases, you can use scrap materials lying around. You can create a backyard space that your dog will love with a little creativity and time!

Featured Image Credit: Blue Bird, Pexels

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