This article is about how to teach the Whippet jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to learn agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the absolute least number of jumps suggested.
How to Teach Your Whippet jumping: Start with Four
You can teach a Whippet a plethora of skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Whippet jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Whippet or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a horizontal row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Whippet 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and develop eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve increased your exercises that you can work on with your Whippet. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You can also position your 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 develop a variety of skills.
Teaching the Whippet Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to work on. We’ve seen several Whippets run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Whippet is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Whippets.
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