This blog is about teaching the Scotch Collie to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the least count of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach a Scotch Collie to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach the Scotch Collie many exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Scotch Collie jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Scotch Collie or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral row, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your Scotch Collie 8 Jumps
Take the next step and get 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve increased your routines that you can practice with your Scotch Collie. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to train a variety of skills.
Teach the Scotch Collie Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to work on. We’ve seen several Scotch Collies run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Scotch Collie is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Scotch Collies.
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