This post is concerning teaching the Entlebucher Mountain Dog to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to learn agility. One suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least number of jumps recommended.
How to Teach the Entlebucher Mountain Dog to jump: Start with 4
You can teach your Entlebucher Mountain Dog a number of drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. Four 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 Entlebucher Mountain Dog jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Entlebucher Mountain Dog or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal row, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Entlebucher Mountain Dog Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your drills that you can work on with your Entlebucher Mountain Dog. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could even 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 work on a variety of skills.
Teaching Your Entlebucher Mountain Dog Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Entlebucher Mountain Dogs run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Entlebucher Mountain Dogs.
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