This post is concerning teaching your Dandie Dinmont Terrier to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can never have enough single jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the fewest count of jumps recommended.
How to Teach the Dandie Dinmont Terrier jumping: Start with Four
You can teach the Dandie Dinmont Terrier many exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Dandie Dinmont Terrier jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Dandie Dinmont Terrier or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased your exercises that you can try with your Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teach a Dandie Dinmont Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially valuable to work on. We’ve seen many Dandie Dinmont Terriers run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Dandie Dinmont Terriers.
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