This blog is concerning teaching a Australian Kelpie to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to learn agility. One good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest count of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach the Australian Kelpie jumping: Start with Four
You can teach the Australian Kelpie many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Australian Kelpie jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Australian Kelpie or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your Australian Kelpie Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and develop eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of drills that you can work on with your Australian Kelpie. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to train a variety of skills.
Teach the Australian Kelpie Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to work on. We’ve seen many Australian Kelpies run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Australian Kelpie is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Australian Kelpies.
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