This blog is about how to teach a Lapponian Herder to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to teach agility. One good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest count of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching a Lapponian Herder jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach the Lapponian Herder many exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop 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 Lapponian Herder jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Lapponian Herder or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your Lapponian Herder 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of routines that you can practice with your Lapponian Herder. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity 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 enables you to train a variety of skills.
Teaching the Lapponian Herder Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or 3 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 Lapponian Herders run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Lapponian Herder is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Lapponian Herders.
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