This blog is concerning teaching the Stabyhoun jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to learn agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the least count of jumps recommended.
Teaching a Stabyhoun jumping: Start with Four
You can teach a Stabyhoun many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Stabyhoun jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Stabyhoun or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be setup in a horizontal line, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Stabyhoun 8 Jumps
Go to the next step and develop eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now increased your exercises that you can try with your Stabyhoun. 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 perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to train a variety of drills.
Teach the Stabyhoun Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially valuable to practice. We’ve seen several Stabyhouns run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Stabyhoun is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Stabyhouns.
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