This article is concerning how to teach your Spanish Mastiff jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to practice agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the least quantity of jumps recommended.
Teaching the Spanish Mastiff to jump: Start with Four
You can teach a Spanish Mastiff a multitude of exercises, drills, and skills 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 Spanish Mastiff jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Spanish Mastiff or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral row, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Spanish Mastiff 8 Jumps
Take the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied your exercises that you can work on with your Spanish Mastiff. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You can even setup the 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 develop a variety of drills.
Teach a Spanish Mastiff Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 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 Spanish Mastiffs run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Spanish Mastiff is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Spanish Mastiffs.
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