This blog is about how to teach your Akita Inu to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to practice agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching the Akita Inu to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach a Akita Inu many skills, drills, and exercises with four 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 work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Akita Inu jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Akita Inu or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal line, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Akita Inu Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve increased your exercises that you can practice with your Akita Inu. 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 setup also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teach a Akita Inu Double and Triple Jumps
The next step 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 extremely helpful to work on. We’ve seen several Akita Inus run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Akita Inu is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Akita Inus.
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