This post is concerning teaching the Chow Chow to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many single jumps to learn agility. A good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps suggested.
Teaching the Chow Chow to jump: Start with Four
You can teach the Chow Chow many skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Chow Chow jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Chow Chow or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your Chow Chow Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of drills that you can work on with your Chow Chow. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of skills.
Teach Your Chow Chow Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to practice. We’ve seen many Chow Chows run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Chow Chow is not equipped to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Chow Chows.
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