This post is about how to teach a Giant Schnauzer jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to practice agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach Your Giant Schnauzer to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach a Giant Schnauzer a number of drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Giant Schnauzer jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Giant Schnauzer or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral line, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Giant Schnauzer Eight Jumps
Take the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now increased the number of routines that you can try with your Giant Schnauzer. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You can also position your 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 skills.
Teaching a Giant Schnauzer Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to work on. We’ve seen several Giant Schnauzers run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Giant Schnauzer is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Giant Schnauzers.
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