Teach the Keeshond Jumping for Agility

Posted by on Feb 14, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Keeshond, Pets | Comments Off on Teach the Keeshond Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Keeshond to Jump for AgilityThis blog is concerning how to teach a Keeshond to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to teach agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the least number of jumps that we suggest.

Teaching Your Keeshond to jump: Begin with Four

You can teach the Keeshond a number of drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Keeshond jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Keeshond or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach the Keeshond Eight Jumps

Go to the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can work on with your Keeshond. Your jump grids can be of typical 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 circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of skills.

Teaching Your Keeshond Double and Triple Jumps

The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Keeshonds run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Keeshond is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Keeshonds.

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