This article is concerning how to teach a Dutch Shepherd Dog jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to learn agility. One suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching Your Dutch Shepherd Dog jumping: Start with 4
You can teach a Dutch Shepherd Dog many skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work 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 Dutch Shepherd Dog jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Dutch Shepherd Dog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Dutch Shepherd Dog 8 Jumps
Go to the next step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied your drills that you can practice with your Dutch Shepherd Dog. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could also setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also enables you to develop a variety of skills.
Teaching a Dutch Shepherd Dog Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to practice. We’ve seen several Dutch Shepherd Dogs run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Dutch Shepherd Dog is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Dutch Shepherd Dogs.
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