Teach a Taigan Jumping for Agility

Posted by on Feb 19, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Taigan | Comments Off on Teach a Taigan Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Taigan to Jump for AgilityThis article is about teaching a Taigan to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many single jumps to teach agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps that we recommend.

Teaching the Taigan jumping: Start with Four

You can teach a Taigan a number of exercises, drills, and skills 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 handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Taigan jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Taigan or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal line, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach a Taigan Eight Jumps

Take the next logical step and practice eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied your routines that you can work on with your Taigan. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You can also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also enables you to work on a variety of skills.

Teach Your Taigan Double and Triple Jumps

Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 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 practice. We’ve seen several Taigans run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Taigan is not equipped to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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

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