This post is concerning how to teach the Lancashire Heeler jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the absolute least number of jumps recommended.
How to Teach Your Lancashire Heeler to jump: Start with 4
You can teach a Lancashire Heeler many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work 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 Lancashire Heeler jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Lancashire Heeler or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal line, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Lancashire Heeler 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and get eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied your drills that you can practice with your Lancashire Heeler. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teach a Lancashire Heeler Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to work on. We’ve seen several Lancashire Heelers run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Lancashire Heeler is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Lancashire Heelers.
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