This blog is about how to teach the Spanish Water Dog jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to learn agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching the Spanish Water Dog jumping: Begin with 4
You can teach a Spanish Water Dog a plethora of drills, skills, and exercises with four 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 work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Spanish Water Dog jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Spanish Water Dog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral row, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Spanish Water Dog 8 Jumps
Take the next step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of exercises that you can practice with your Spanish Water Dog. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to train a variety of skills.
Teach a Spanish Water Dog Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to work on. We’ve seen several Spanish Water Dogs run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Spanish Water Dog is not equipped for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Spanish Water Dogs.
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