This post is concerning how to teach the Treeing Walker Coonhound to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to learn agility. A suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least count of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching a Treeing Walker Coonhound jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach your Treeing Walker Coonhound a variety of exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Treeing Walker Coonhound jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Treeing Walker Coonhound or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be setup in a horizontal row, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Treeing Walker Coonhound 8 Jumps
Go to the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied your drills that you can work on with your Treeing Walker Coonhound. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You can even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of drills.
Teach the Treeing Walker Coonhound Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many Treeing Walker Coonhounds run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Treeing Walker Coonhound is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
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