This blog is about how to teach your Schapendoes to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to practice agility. One good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least quantity of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching Your Schapendoes jumping: Begin with 4
You can teach a Schapendoes a number of drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Schapendoes jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Schapendoes or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your Schapendoes Eight Jumps
Take the next step and practice eight jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now increased the number of routines that you can practice with your Schapendoes. Your jump grids can be of suggested 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 enables you to work on a variety of drills.
Teach Your Schapendoes Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to practice. We’ve seen several Schapendoess run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Schapendoes is not prepared for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Schapendoess.
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