This article is about how to teach a Huntaway to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have enough single jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting place is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum count of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach Your Huntaway jumping: Start with 4
You can teach the Huntaway many drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Huntaway jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Huntaway or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal line, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Huntaway Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of exercises that you can work on with your Huntaway. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You can also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teach a Huntaway Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to practice. We’ve seen several Huntaways run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Huntaway is not equipped to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Huntaways.
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