This blog is concerning teaching a Bedlington Terrier to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to learn agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum count of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach a Bedlington Terrier to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach the Bedlington Terrier many skills, drills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Bedlington Terrier jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Bedlington Terrier or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral line, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Bedlington Terrier Eight Jumps
Take the next step and get 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of routines that you can work on with your Bedlington Terrier. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You could also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teaching Your Bedlington Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or three single 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 Bedlington Terriers run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Bedlington Terrier is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Bedlington Terriers.
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