This article is concerning teaching a Redbone Coonhound to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to learn agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching Your Redbone Coonhound jumping: Begin with 4
You can teach your Redbone Coonhound a number of skills, drills, 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 practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Redbone Coonhound jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Redbone Coonhound or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal line, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Redbone Coonhound 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of exercises that you can practice with your Redbone Coonhound. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teaching a Redbone Coonhound Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to work on. We’ve seen several Redbone Coonhounds run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Redbone Coonhound is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Redbone Coonhounds.
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