A. There is a slot notched out underneath the frame, where a 20" long pivot-adaptor inserts into it (included). When this center pivot is in place, the board will be raised a little off the ground, preventing the rocker from touching the ground, and the board will 'teeter' (or flip-flop) like a teeter board instead.
Q. What is the difference between the Rocker Board and a "Buja Board" or "Wobble Board"?
A. Typically a Buja or Wobble board is square or round, and rests on a single ball (often the size of a tennis ball). It pivots all around on all sides. Our Rocker Board is similar in concept, but the movement only goes up and down, not sideways. It is far less intimidating for beginner dogs, and the added benefit is it more accurately mimics the movement of a see-saw. Particularly so when you add the included pivot-adaptor. With this adaptor, you can convert the board from rocking to do a 'flip-flop' like a teeter.
Q. Does it Make Noise?
A. It does if used on a surface like concrete. Which is actually a good thing. Competitors know that even the best-trained dog can still get frightened of an obstacle that rattles or makes noise. It is always a good thing to incorporate some noise into your obstacle training. We suggest that you start off using this board on grass or carpeting, and as your dog gets more confident, move it to pavement. Or if desired, you can use a foam 'buffer' on the ends, such as stick-on foam window insulation strips.
Q. Why not have it skinnier in width, like a teeter plank?
A. Our reasoning is two-fold. First, this is meant to be a stable and less intimidating platform for introducing the concept of movement to a dog. It is ideal for puppies or beginner dogs who will likely be shy to go up a narrow platform. Also, large and small dogs alike will be able to stand on this board comfortably to utilize the "wobble" training effect. For this they need a wider surface so they don't fall off. One final reason is to not confuse a dog by making it look too much like a teeter. It is the idea of tottering that the rocker board teaches. Walking a narrow plank will come easier when your dog isn't nervous about the initial movement of the plank.
Q. Is it strong enough for my big dog?
A. The Rocker Board is built heavy, with a reinforced wood frame underneath. It can withstand much more than your dog's weight.
Q. How much does it weigh?
A. 30 lbs.
Q. How do I train the Rocker Board?
A. The key to training the Rocker Board is the same as with all obstacles - start off with baby steps, slowly increase the challenge, and give lots of treats and praise! We suggest starting off in the 'rocker mode', and then add the pivot-adaptor to advance to 'teeter mode'. In teeter mode you can then advance to training contacts. With your board we send detailed step-by-step instructions on how to do all of this safely and most efficiently!
Q. What is the 'Limited Warranty'?
A. By purchasing the this item, you are agreeing to the terms of the warranty. We urge you to read and understand it completely. If you have any questions about it, please do contact us prior to purchasing. Read about it here.
Q. What else should I know?
A. The uniqueness of wood:
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