This blog is about teaching your Portuguese Pointer jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to practice agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum number of jumps suggested.
How to Teach a Portuguese Pointer to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach the Portuguese Pointer many exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Portuguese Pointer jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Portuguese Pointer or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Portuguese Pointer 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and practice eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your drills that you can try with your Portuguese Pointer. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You can 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 work on a variety of drills.
Teaching a Portuguese Pointer Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or three solo 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 Portuguese Pointers run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Portuguese Pointer is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Portuguese Pointers.
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