This post is concerning teaching your Chinook to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to practice agility. One good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching Your Chinook to jump: Start with 4
You can teach the Chinook a number of skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Chinook jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Chinook or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a horizontal line, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Chinook 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and practice eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of routines that you can try with your Chinook. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can also setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teach the Chinook Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Chinooks run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Chinook is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Chinooks.
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