This article is about how to teach a Saint-Usuge Spaniel to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to teach agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum count of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching Your Saint-Usuge Spaniel jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach the Saint-Usuge Spaniel many exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Saint-Usuge Spaniel jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Saint-Usuge Spaniel or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your Saint-Usuge Spaniel Eight Jumps
Take the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve increased the number of drills that you can work on with your Saint-Usuge Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You can also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to develop a variety of skills.
Teaching a Saint-Usuge Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step 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 especially valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Saint-Usuge Spaniels run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Saint-Usuge Spaniel is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Saint-Usuge Spaniels.
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