This post is about teaching the Canaan Dog to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to learn agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps suggested.
Teaching a Canaan Dog to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach the Canaan Dog many skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Canaan Dog jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Canaan Dog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral line, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Canaan Dog 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and get eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now increased your routines that you can try with your Canaan Dog. Your jump grids can be of recommended 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 setup also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teach a Canaan Dog Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Canaan Dogs run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Canaan Dog is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Canaan Dogs.
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