This article is about how to teach your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to learn agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps suggested.
How to Teach the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you 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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be setup in a horizontal row, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 8 Jumps
Take the next step and practice eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can work on with your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You can even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to train a variety of drills.
Teach Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain two or 3 single 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 several Cavalier King Charles Spaniels run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
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