This article is about teaching the Karelian Bear Dog to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to learn agility. One suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum quantity of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach the Karelian Bear Dog to jump: Start with 4
You can teach a Karelian Bear Dog a variety of exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Karelian Bear Dog jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Karelian Bear Dog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal line, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Karelian Bear Dog 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and get eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of routines that you can try with your Karelian Bear Dog. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of skills.
Teaching a Karelian Bear Dog Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to practice. We’ve seen many Karelian Bear Dogs run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Karelian Bear Dog is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Karelian Bear Dogs.
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