This blog is concerning teaching your Yorkshire Terrier to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to learn agility. A suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach the Yorkshire Terrier to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach your Yorkshire Terrier a multitude of skills, drills, and exercises with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Yorkshire Terrier jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Yorkshire Terrier or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Yorkshire Terrier Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and get 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of exercises that you can work on with your Yorkshire Terrier. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You can even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to develop a variety of drills.
Teaching a Yorkshire Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to practice. We’ve seen several Yorkshire Terriers run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Yorkshire Terrier is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Yorkshire Terriers.
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