This blog is concerning how to teach the Miniature American Shepherd jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to practice agility. One good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching a Miniature American Shepherd to jump: Start with 4
You can teach the Miniature American Shepherd many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Miniature American Shepherd jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Miniature American Shepherd or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal row, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Miniature American Shepherd Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of routines that you can practice with your Miniature American Shepherd. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could also position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to train a variety of skills.
Teaching a Miniature American Shepherd Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really valuable to work on. We’ve seen many Miniature American Shepherds run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Miniature American Shepherd is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Miniature American Shepherds.
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