This post is about how to teach your American Foxhound jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting place is four jumps. This is the absolute least number of jumps suggested.
How to Teach a American Foxhound jumping: Start with 4
You can teach a American Foxhound many exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop 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 American Foxhound jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your American Foxhound or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be staged in a horizontal line, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your American Foxhound 8 Jumps
Take the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your drills that you can work on with your American Foxhound. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could also setup 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.
Teaching the American Foxhound Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to practice. We’ve seen many American Foxhounds run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the American Foxhound is not equipped for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about American Foxhounds.
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