This post is concerning teaching a Chinese Imperial Dog jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to practice agility. One good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching Your Chinese Imperial Dog jumping: Start with 4
You can teach the Chinese Imperial Dog many drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Chinese Imperial Dog jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Chinese Imperial Dog or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Chinese Imperial Dog Eight Jumps
Take the next step and develop eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of routines that you can try with your Chinese Imperial Dog. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to train a variety of skills.
Teach the Chinese Imperial Dog Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or 3 solo 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 Chinese Imperial Dogs run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Chinese Imperial Dog is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Chinese Imperial Dogs.
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