This article is about how to teach your Hokkaido jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to learn agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the absolute minimum quantity of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach Your Hokkaido to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach the Hokkaido a number of drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Hokkaido jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Hokkaido or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Hokkaido 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied your drills that you can try with your Hokkaido. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You can even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teach a Hokkaido Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to work on. We’ve seen many Hokkaidos run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Hokkaido is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Hokkaidos.
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