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Teach a Irish Setter Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Irish Setter to Jump for AgilityThis blog is concerning teaching a Irish Setter to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to practice agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps recommended.

How to Teach a Irish Setter jumping: Start with Four

You can teach your Irish Setter a plethora of skills, drills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you 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 Irish Setter jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Irish Setter or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach Your Irish Setter 8 Jumps

Go to the next logical step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can work on with your Irish Setter. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You can even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of skills.

Teach a Irish Setter Double and Triple Jumps

Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain two or 3 single 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 many Irish Setters run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Irish Setter is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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