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Friday, 16 December 2011
Dog Agility Jumps
Dog Agility Jumps:
We are often asked, "How many jumps should I start with?"
You can never have too many single jumps to practice agility.
A good starting place is four jumps.
This is the absolute minimum number of jumps that we recommend.
You can teach a variety of skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps.
Four jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid.
You can setup a "box" with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps.
You can teach your dog jumping left and right.
You can be outside the box and send your dog or you can handle from the inside of the box.
Can move the setup to a horizontal line, so you can practice and meanders threadles.
Go to the next step and eight jumps.
Now you can install two boxes and a jump introduction.
Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps.
You can also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle.
This pattern also enables you to train a variety of skills.
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump.
You could set two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jump in your course work is really valuable to practice.
We've seen many dogs run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the dog is not prepared for it, and bang, down comes the bar.
May well be ahead of the pack and two sets of eight jumps.
This is a workout in the end, because you can keep jumping at any time an outlet is separate from the course work, and have only eight to jump on the work of course.
And when you include your double and triple, you can really practice all the jumping skills and drills necessary to get you those "Qs".