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Teach a Karst Shepherd Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Karst Shepherd to Jump for AgilityThis blog is about teaching the Karst Shepherd to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to learn agility. A good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps suggested.

How to Teach Your Karst Shepherd to jump: Begin with 4

You can teach a Karst Shepherd a variety of 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 collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Karst Shepherd jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Karst Shepherd or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral line, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach Your Karst Shepherd Eight Jumps

Take the next step and practice eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve increased your exercises that you can practice with your Karst Shepherd. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of skills.

Teaching Your Karst Shepherd Double and Triple Jumps

Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many Karst Shepherds run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Karst Shepherd is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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