This blog is about teaching your Tenterfield Terrier to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching a Tenterfield Terrier jumping: Begin with 4
You can teach a Tenterfield Terrier many exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. 4 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 Tenterfield Terrier jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Tenterfield Terrier or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal line, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Tenterfield Terrier 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve increased the number of drills that you can work on with your Tenterfield Terrier. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You can also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teaching Your Tenterfield Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Tenterfield Terriers run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Tenterfield Terrier is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Tenterfield Terriers.
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