Teach a Australian Terrier To Jump for Agility

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Teach Your Australian Terrier to Jump for AgilityThis article is concerning teaching the Australian Terrier to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps suggested.

How to Teach Your Australian Terrier jumping: Start with Four

You can teach a Australian Terrier many skills, drills, and exercises with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Australian Terrier jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Australian Terrier or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral line, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach the Australian Terrier Eight Jumps

Go to the next step and get eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied your drills that you can try with your Australian Terrier. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to train a variety of skills.

Teaching Your Australian Terrier Double and Triple Jumps

The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really valuable to practice. We’ve seen several Australian Terriers run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Australian Terrier is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Australian Terriers.

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