This article is concerning teaching the Newfoundland jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute fewest count of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching the Newfoundland to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach the Newfoundland a number of exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Newfoundland jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Newfoundland or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal row, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Newfoundland 8 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 routines that you can practice with your Newfoundland. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also enables you to develop a variety of skills.
Teach Your Newfoundland Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Newfoundlands run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Newfoundland is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Newfoundlands.
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