This article is about how to teach a Carolina Dog to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to practice agility. A suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps suggested.
Teaching Your Carolina Dog jumping: Start with 4
You can teach your Carolina Dog many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Carolina Dog jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Carolina Dog or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be staged in a horizontal row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your Carolina Dog 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 increased the number of exercises that you can work on with your Carolina Dog. Your jump grids can be of suggested 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 enables you to work on a variety of skills.
Teach Your Carolina Dog Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to practice. We’ve seen several Carolina Dogs run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Carolina Dog is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Carolina Dogs.
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