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Teach a Labrador Retriever Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Labrador Retriever to Jump for AgilityThis article is concerning how to teach your Labrador Retriever to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to teach agility. One good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least count of jumps that we recommend.

Teaching a Labrador Retriever to jump: Begin with 4

You can teach a Labrador Retriever a variety of exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Labrador Retriever jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Labrador Retriever or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral row, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach Your Labrador Retriever 8 Jumps

Take the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of exercises that you can practice with your Labrador Retriever. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could also 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.

Teaching Your Labrador Retriever Double and Triple Jumps

Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Labrador Retrievers run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Labrador Retriever is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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