This post is about how to teach the Georgian Shepherd jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to learn agility. One good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the absolute minimum quantity of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching a Georgian Shepherd to jump: Start with 4
You can teach a Georgian Shepherd a variety of drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Georgian Shepherd jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Georgian Shepherd or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be staged in a lateral row, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Georgian Shepherd 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied your exercises that you can try with your Georgian Shepherd. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of drills.
Teaching a Georgian Shepherd Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially valuable to practice. We’ve seen several Georgian Shepherds run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Georgian Shepherd is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Georgian Shepherds.
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