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Teaching a Golden Retriever Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Golden Retriever to Jump for AgilityThis post is concerning teaching a Golden Retriever jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to learn agility. One good starting point is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps that we recommend.

Teaching the Golden Retriever to jump: Start with Four

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

Teach a Golden Retriever Eight Jumps

Go to the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can practice with your Golden Retriever. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of drills.

Teach the Golden Retriever Double and Triple Jumps

The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Golden Retrievers run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Golden Retriever is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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