This blog is concerning teaching your West Siberian Laika to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to learn agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching Your West Siberian Laika to jump: Start with Four
You can teach your West Siberian Laika many skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your West Siberian Laika jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your West Siberian Laika or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral row, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your West Siberian Laika 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and get eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied your drills that you can work on with your West Siberian Laika. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You can also 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 train a variety of drills.
Teaching Your West Siberian Laika Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many West Siberian Laikas run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the West Siberian Laika is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about West Siberian Laikas.
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