This blog is concerning teaching a Alaskan Malamute to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps recommended.
Teaching the Alaskan Malamute to jump: Start with Four
You can teach your Alaskan Malamute a multitude of drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 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 Alaskan Malamute jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Alaskan Malamute or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal line, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Alaskan Malamute Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and get 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied your routines that you can practice with your Alaskan Malamute. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number 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 develop a variety of drills.
Teaching Your Alaskan Malamute Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to practice. We’ve seen several Alaskan Malamutes run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Alaskan Malamute is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Alaskan Malamutes.
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