This article is concerning how to teach a Boykin Spaniel to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to learn agility. One suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the absolute minimum number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching the Boykin Spaniel jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach the Boykin Spaniel many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work 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 Boykin Spaniel jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Boykin Spaniel or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a lateral line, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Boykin Spaniel Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied your exercises that you can try with your Boykin Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could also position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to train a variety of drills.
Teach the Boykin Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to work on. We’ve seen several Boykin Spaniels run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Boykin Spaniel is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Boykin Spaniels.
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