This post is about how to teach your Old Croatian Sighthound to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to teach agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the least quantity of jumps recommended.
Teaching Your Old Croatian Sighthound jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach the Old Croatian Sighthound many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 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 practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Old Croatian Sighthound jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Old Croatian Sighthound or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be setup in a lateral row, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Old Croatian Sighthound Eight Jumps
Take the next step and practice eight jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your exercises that you can try with your Old Croatian Sighthound. Your jump grids can be of typical 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 enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teaching the Old Croatian Sighthound Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to practice. We’ve seen many Old Croatian Sighthounds run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Old Croatian Sighthound is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Old Croatian Sighthounds.
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