This post is about teaching your Curly Coated Retriever jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to practice agility. A suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the least count of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching Your Curly Coated Retriever jumping: Start with 4
You can teach a Curly Coated Retriever many skills, drills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Curly Coated Retriever jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Curly Coated Retriever or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Curly Coated Retriever Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied your routines that you can try with your Curly Coated Retriever. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could also 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 work on a variety of drills.
Teach a Curly Coated Retriever Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to work on. We’ve seen several Curly Coated Retrievers run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Curly Coated Retriever is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Curly Coated Retrievers.
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