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Teach the American Water Spaniel Jumping for Agility

Teach Your American Water Spaniel to Jump for AgilityThis post is concerning teaching a American Water Spaniel jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to teach agility. One good starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute fewest quantity of jumps that we suggest.

Teaching a American Water Spaniel jumping: Begin with Four

You can teach your American Water Spaniel many exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your American Water Spaniel jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your American Water Spaniel or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach Your American Water Spaniel Eight Jumps

Go to the next logical step and get 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of drills that you can try with your American Water Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You can even 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 skills.

Teaching the American Water Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps

The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to work on. We’ve seen several American Water Spaniels run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the American Water Spaniel is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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