This blog is concerning how to teach your Great Dane to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to practice agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the absolute minimum number of jumps recommended.
Teaching a Great Dane jumping: Start with Four
You can teach your Great Dane a multitude of skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Great Dane jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Great Dane or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Great Dane 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and get 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve increased the number of exercises that you can practice with your Great Dane. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could 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 allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teaching a Great Dane Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or three 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 many Great Danes run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Great Dane is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Great Danes.
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