This blog is about teaching a Bluetick Coonhound to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to learn agility. A suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach Your Bluetick Coonhound jumping: Begin with 4
You can teach a Bluetick Coonhound many skills, drills, and exercises with four 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 handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Bluetick Coonhound jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Bluetick Coonhound or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral row, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Bluetick Coonhound 8 Jumps
Take the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve increased the number of exercises that you can try with your Bluetick Coonhound. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You can even setup 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 skills.
Teaching a Bluetick Coonhound Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can 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 several Bluetick Coonhounds run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Bluetick Coonhound is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Bluetick Coonhounds.
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