This post is about teaching your Tervuren to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to practice agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach a Tervuren to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach a Tervuren many exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you develop 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 Tervuren jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Tervuren or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Tervuren 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and get eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of routines that you can try with your Tervuren. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to train a variety of drills.
Teaching Your Tervuren Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step 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 valuable to work on. We’ve seen several Tervurens run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Tervuren is not equipped to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Tervurens.
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