Teach a Neapolitan Mastiff To Jump for Agility

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Teach Your Neapolitan Mastiff to Jump for AgilityThis blog is concerning teaching a Neapolitan Mastiff jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to teach agility. One good starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute least count of jumps that we suggest.

How to Teach Your Neapolitan Mastiff to jump: Begin with 4

You can teach the Neapolitan Mastiff a variety of 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 Neapolitan Mastiff jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Neapolitan Mastiff or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach the Neapolitan Mastiff Eight Jumps

Go to the next logical step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied your routines that you can practice with your Neapolitan Mastiff. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to develop a variety of drills.

Teaching the Neapolitan Mastiff Double and Triple Jumps

The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many Neapolitan Mastiffs run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Neapolitan Mastiff is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Neapolitan Mastiffs.

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