This article is concerning teaching a German Shorthaired Pointer jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to learn agility. One good starting point is four jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps suggested.
How to Teach Your German Shorthaired Pointer jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach your German Shorthaired Pointer many 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 work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your German Shorthaired Pointer jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your German Shorthaired Pointer or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a lateral line, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the German Shorthaired Pointer Eight Jumps
Take the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of drills that you can work on with your German Shorthaired Pointer. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You can even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to develop a variety of drills.
Teach the German Shorthaired Pointer Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to work on. We’ve seen several German Shorthaired Pointers run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the German Shorthaired Pointer is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about German Shorthaired Pointers.
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