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Teach the Dunker Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Dunker to Jump for AgilityThis article is concerning teaching the Dunker to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to practice agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps recommended.

How to Teach a Dunker jumping: Start with 4

You can teach your Dunker many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you 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 Dunker jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Dunker or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral line, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach Your Dunker 8 Jumps

Take the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of exercises that you can practice with your Dunker. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You can even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of skills.

Teach a Dunker Double and Triple Jumps

The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to work on. We’ve seen several Dunkers run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Dunker is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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