This post is about how to teach the Wirehaired Vizsla jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have enough single jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps recommended.
Teaching a Wirehaired Vizsla jumping: Start with 4
You can teach your Wirehaired Vizsla a number of skills, drills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Wirehaired Vizsla jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Wirehaired Vizsla or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral line, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Wirehaired Vizsla 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can work on with your Wirehaired Vizsla. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You can also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to develop a variety of drills.
Teaching a Wirehaired Vizsla Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or 3 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 many Wirehaired Vizslas run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Wirehaired Vizsla is not prepared for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Wirehaired Vizslas.
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