This post is about how to teach your Kerry Blue Terrier jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps recommended.
Teaching the Kerry Blue Terrier to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach your Kerry Blue Terrier many drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Kerry Blue Terrier jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Kerry Blue Terrier or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Kerry Blue Terrier 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now increased your drills that you can work on with your Kerry Blue Terrier. Your jump grids can be of suggested 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 enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teach the Kerry Blue Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Kerry Blue Terriers run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Kerry Blue Terrier is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Kerry Blue Terriers.
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