This blog is concerning how to teach your German Spitz to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to learn agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the absolute minimum count of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach Your German Spitz to jump: Start with 4
You can teach your German Spitz many skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your German Spitz jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your German Spitz or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal line, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a German Spitz 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied your drills that you can try with your German Spitz. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You can also setup your 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.
Teach Your German Spitz Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to work on. We’ve seen many German Spitzs run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the German Spitz is not prepared for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about German Spitzs.
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