This post is about teaching the English Bulldog jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the least count of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching the English Bulldog to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach your English Bulldog many skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your English Bulldog jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your English Bulldog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral line, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the English Bulldog Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and get eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve increased your routines that you can work on with your English Bulldog. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You can even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teaching a English Bulldog Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to work on. We’ve seen many English Bulldogs run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the English Bulldog is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about English Bulldogs.
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