This post is concerning teaching the Hovawart jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to teach agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum number of jumps recommended.
How to Teach a Hovawart to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach your Hovawart many skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to 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 Hovawart jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Hovawart or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal row, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Hovawart 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and practice eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of drills that you can try with your Hovawart. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You can even setup the 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 Hovawart Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or three solo 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 Hovawarts run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Hovawart is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Hovawarts.
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