This article is about teaching your Picardy Spaniel jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least quantity of jumps suggested.
Teaching a Picardy Spaniel to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach a Picardy Spaniel a number of drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Picardy Spaniel jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Picardy Spaniel or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be staged in a horizontal line, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Picardy Spaniel 8 Jumps
Take the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of drills that you can practice with your Picardy Spaniel. 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 normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of skills.
Teaching a Picardy Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to work on. We’ve seen several Picardy Spaniels run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Picardy Spaniel is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Picardy Spaniels.
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