This post is about how to teach your Smooth Collie jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to learn agility. One good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest count of jumps recommended.
How to Teach a Smooth Collie jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach the Smooth Collie many skills, drills, 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 work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Smooth Collie jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Smooth Collie or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Smooth Collie Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of drills that you can work on with your Smooth Collie. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You can even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to develop a variety of drills.
Teach the Smooth Collie Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to practice. We’ve seen several Smooth Collies run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Smooth Collie is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Smooth Collies.
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