This article is about teaching your Tibetan Spaniel to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to learn agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps recommended.
Teaching a Tibetan Spaniel to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach the Tibetan Spaniel many drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Tibetan Spaniel jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Tibetan Spaniel or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal line, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Tibetan Spaniel 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of drills that you can practice with your Tibetan Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of typical 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 setup also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teach a Tibetan Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to practice. We’ve seen several Tibetan Spaniels run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Tibetan Spaniel is not equipped to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Tibetan Spaniels.
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