This article is about how to teach a Russian Spaniel to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps suggested.
How to Teach Your Russian Spaniel to jump: Start with Four
You can teach a Russian Spaniel many exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Russian Spaniel jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Russian Spaniel or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be setup in a lateral row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Russian Spaniel 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and get 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied your routines that you can work on with your Russian Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You can 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 skills.
Teach a Russian Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to work on. We’ve seen many Russian Spaniels run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Russian Spaniel is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Russian Spaniels.
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