Teaching a Berger Picard Jumping for Agility

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Teach Your Berger Picard to Jump for AgilityThis blog is about teaching your Berger Picard jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to learn agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the least number of jumps that we recommend.

How to Teach the Berger Picard to jump: Begin with 4

You can teach the Berger Picard a number of exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Berger Picard jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Berger Picard or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be staged in a horizontal line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach Your Berger Picard 8 Jumps

Take the next step and work on eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of exercises that you can practice with your Berger Picard. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to develop a variety of skills.

Teaching a Berger Picard Double and Triple Jumps

Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many Berger Picards run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Berger Picard is not equipped to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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