This article is about teaching your Northern Inuit Dog to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to teach agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the fewest count of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching the Northern Inuit Dog jumping: Start with 4
You can teach a Northern Inuit Dog many drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Northern Inuit Dog jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Northern Inuit Dog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Northern Inuit Dog 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and get 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can practice with your Northern Inuit Dog. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to develop a variety of drills.
Teach a Northern Inuit Dog Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to work on. We’ve seen several Northern Inuit Dogs run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Northern Inuit Dog is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Northern Inuit Dogs.
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