This post is concerning teaching a Beagle jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach the Beagle jumping: Start with Four
You can teach your Beagle many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Beagle jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Beagle or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Beagle Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve increased the number of drills that you can try with your Beagle. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to develop a variety of skills.
Teaching the Beagle Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 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 practice. We’ve seen many Beagles run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Beagle is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Beagles.
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