Teach a Rhodesian Ridgeback To Jump for Agility

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Teach Your Rhodesian Ridgeback to Jump for AgilityThis blog is about teaching a Rhodesian Ridgeback jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to teach agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps that we recommend.

How to Teach Your Rhodesian Ridgeback jumping: Begin with Four

You can teach a Rhodesian Ridgeback a plethora of drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Rhodesian Ridgeback jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Rhodesian Ridgeback or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach the Rhodesian Ridgeback Eight Jumps

Take the next logical step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of drills that you can practice with your Rhodesian Ridgeback. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of skills.

Teach Your Rhodesian Ridgeback Double and Triple Jumps

The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to practice. We’ve seen several Rhodesian Ridgebacks run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Rhodesian Ridgeback is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

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