This post is concerning teaching the West Highland White Terrier to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least count of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching a West Highland White Terrier to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach the West Highland White Terrier a variety of drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your West Highland White Terrier jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your West Highland White Terrier or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your West Highland White Terrier 8 Jumps
Take the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve increased your exercises that you can try with your West Highland White Terrier. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could also position your 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 a West Highland White Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to practice. We’ve seen several West Highland White Terriers run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the West Highland White Terrier is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about West Highland White Terriers.
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