This article is about how to teach the Silken Windhound to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to teach agility. One good starting point is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach a Silken Windhound to jump: Start with 4
You can teach the Silken Windhound many exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Silken Windhound jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Silken Windhound or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Silken Windhound Eight Jumps
Take the next step and get 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your drills that you can work on with your Silken Windhound. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You can even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to work on a variety of drills.
Teach a Silken Windhound Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to work on. We’ve seen many Silken Windhounds run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Silken Windhound is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Silken Windhounds.
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