This article is about how to teach the Estonian Hound to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to teach agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the minimum quantity of jumps suggested.
Teaching the Estonian Hound jumping: Begin with 4
You can teach the Estonian Hound many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 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 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Estonian Hound jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Estonian Hound or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Estonian Hound 8 Jumps
Take the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your exercises that you can practice with your Estonian Hound. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity 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 allows you to develop a variety of skills.
Teach Your Estonian Hound Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Estonian Hounds run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Estonian Hound is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Estonian Hounds.
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