This article is about teaching a Chinese Crested Dog to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to learn agility. One good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching a Chinese Crested Dog jumping: Start with 4
You can teach the Chinese Crested Dog a plethora of drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Chinese Crested Dog jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Chinese Crested Dog or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be setup in a lateral row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Chinese Crested Dog Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied your exercises that you can practice with your Chinese Crested Dog. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You can even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teach a Chinese Crested Dog Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to work on. We’ve seen several Chinese Crested Dogs run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Chinese Crested Dog is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Chinese Crested Dogs.
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