Teaching a Field Spaniel To Jump for Agility

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Teach Your Field Spaniel to Jump for AgilityThis article is concerning teaching the Field Spaniel jumping 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 good starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum quantity of jumps that we recommend.

How to Teach a Field Spaniel jumping: Start with Four

You can teach a Field Spaniel many skills, drills, and exercises with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Field Spaniel jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Field Spaniel or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach a Field Spaniel Eight Jumps

Go to the next step and develop eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of drills that you can practice with your Field Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You can even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of drills.

Teaching Your Field Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps

Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to work on. We’ve seen several Field Spaniels run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Field Spaniel is not equipped to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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