This blog is about how to teach a Greenland Dog to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have enough single jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting place is four jumps. This is the least count of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach the Greenland Dog to jump: Start with 4
You can teach a Greenland Dog a multitude of exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Greenland Dog jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Greenland Dog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal line, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your Greenland Dog Eight Jumps
Take the next step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now increased your drills that you can try with your Greenland Dog. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could even position 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 drills.
Teach a Greenland Dog Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain two or 3 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 Greenland Dogs run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Greenland Dog is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Greenland Dogs.
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