This article is concerning teaching a American Eskimo Dog to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to practice agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching Your American Eskimo Dog jumping: Start with Four
You can teach your American Eskimo Dog many exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your American Eskimo Dog jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your American Eskimo Dog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a horizontal row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a American Eskimo Dog Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve increased your routines that you can work on with your American Eskimo Dog. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of skills.
Teaching a American Eskimo Dog Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many American Eskimo Dogs run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the American Eskimo Dog is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about American Eskimo Dogs.
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