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Teaching a Clumber Spaniel To Jump for Agility

Teach Your Clumber Spaniel to Jump for AgilityThis article is about how to teach your Clumber Spaniel jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the least quantity of jumps recommended.

Teaching the Clumber Spaniel jumping: Begin with Four

You can teach a Clumber Spaniel many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Clumber Spaniel jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Clumber Spaniel or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal line, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach a Clumber Spaniel 8 Jumps

Take the next step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now increased the number of drills that you can practice with your Clumber Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You could even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to train a variety of drills.

Teach the Clumber Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps

The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to work on. We’ve seen several Clumber Spaniels run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Clumber Spaniel is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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