This blog is concerning teaching the Norwich Terrier to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to learn agility. One good starting point is four jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps recommended.
How to Teach the Norwich Terrier jumping: Begin with 4
You can teach your Norwich Terrier many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 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 handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Norwich Terrier jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Norwich Terrier or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal line, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Norwich Terrier Eight Jumps
Take the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can work on with your Norwich Terrier. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You can even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to develop a variety of drills.
Teaching a Norwich Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
Your 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 especially valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Norwich Terriers run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Norwich Terrier is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Norwich Terriers.
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