This post is concerning how to teach your Tahltan Bear Dog to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have enough single jumps to practice agility. A suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute fewest count of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach a Tahltan Bear Dog to jump: Start with Four
You can teach your Tahltan Bear Dog a plethora of exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop 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 Tahltan Bear Dog jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Tahltan Bear Dog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral line, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Tahltan Bear Dog Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and get 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of drills that you can practice with your Tahltan Bear Dog. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can even position 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 train a variety of drills.
Teaching a Tahltan Bear Dog Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to work on. We’ve seen many Tahltan Bear Dogs run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Tahltan Bear Dog is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Tahltan Bear Dogs.
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