This post is about how to teach a Berner Laufhund jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to teach agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching Your Berner Laufhund jumping: Start with Four
You can teach a Berner Laufhund a plethora of drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Berner Laufhund jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Berner Laufhund or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Berner Laufhund Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and work on eight jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of drills that you can try with your Berner Laufhund. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to develop a variety of drills.
Teach the Berner Laufhund Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially valuable to work on. We’ve seen several Berner Laufhunds run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Berner Laufhund is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Berner Laufhunds.
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