This post is about how to teach the American Cocker Spaniel jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to teach agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the least count of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching the American Cocker Spaniel jumping: Begin with 4
You can teach your American Cocker Spaniel a plethora of exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you work 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 American Cocker Spaniel jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your American Cocker Spaniel or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be setup in a horizontal row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your American Cocker Spaniel 8 Jumps
Go to the next step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of routines that you can practice with your American Cocker Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of skills.
Teaching the American Cocker Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to work on. We’ve seen several American Cocker Spaniels run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the American Cocker Spaniel is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about American Cocker Spaniels.
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