Teach the Sarplaninac Jumping for Agility

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Teach Your Sarplaninac to Jump for AgilityThis blog is about how to teach a Sarplaninac to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to teach agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest count of jumps recommended.

How to Teach a Sarplaninac to jump: Begin with Four

You can teach a Sarplaninac a multitude of drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Sarplaninac jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Sarplaninac or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach a Sarplaninac Eight Jumps

Go to the next logical step and practice eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of routines that you can try with your Sarplaninac. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could also setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to develop a variety of drills.

Teaching a Sarplaninac Double and Triple Jumps

Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Sarplaninacs run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Sarplaninac is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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