Teach a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Jumping for Agility

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Teach Your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog to Jump for AgilityThis article is about teaching the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps recommended.

Teaching Your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog to jump: Start with Four

You can teach a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog a number of drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Eight Jumps

Take the next logical step and practice eight jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your routines that you can practice with your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to work on a variety of skills.

Teaching Your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Double and Triple Jumps

The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really valuable to work on. We’ve seen many Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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