This post is about how to teach the Finnish Spitz to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to practice agility. One good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the least count of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching a Finnish Spitz jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach your Finnish Spitz many exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. Four 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 handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Finnish Spitz jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Finnish Spitz or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a lateral row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Finnish Spitz 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied your routines that you can work on with your Finnish Spitz. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You could even position 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 train a variety of drills.
Teach the Finnish Spitz Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to work on. We’ve seen many Finnish Spitzs run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Finnish Spitz is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Finnish Spitzs.
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