This article is concerning teaching your Bearded Collie to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to learn agility. One good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least count of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching Your Bearded Collie to jump: Start with 4
You can teach a Bearded Collie many exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you develop 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 Bearded Collie jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Bearded Collie or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal line, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Bearded Collie 8 Jumps
Go to the next step and work on eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your routines that you can work on with your Bearded Collie. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teaching the Bearded Collie Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really valuable to work on. We’ve seen many Bearded Collies run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Bearded Collie is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Bearded Collies.
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