This article is concerning how to teach a Pyrenean Shepherd to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many single jumps to teach agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching the Pyrenean Shepherd jumping: Begin with 4
You can teach your Pyrenean Shepherd a number of exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Pyrenean Shepherd jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Pyrenean Shepherd or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Pyrenean Shepherd 8 Jumps
Go to the next step and work on eight jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now increased the number of drills that you can practice with your Pyrenean Shepherd. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teaching Your Pyrenean Shepherd Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Pyrenean Shepherds run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Pyrenean Shepherd is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Pyrenean Shepherds.
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