This post is concerning teaching the Kooikerhondje jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to learn agility. One suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching Your Kooikerhondje to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach the Kooikerhondje a multitude of exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop 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 Kooikerhondje jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Kooikerhondje or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a horizontal row, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Kooikerhondje Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and develop eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of routines that you can try with your Kooikerhondje. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You could also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to develop a variety of skills.
Teaching a Kooikerhondje Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Kooikerhondjes run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Kooikerhondje is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Kooikerhondjes.
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