This post is concerning how to teach the Himalayan Sheepdog jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least quantity of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach the Himalayan Sheepdog to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach a Himalayan Sheepdog many drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Himalayan Sheepdog jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Himalayan Sheepdog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral line, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Himalayan Sheepdog 8 Jumps
Go to the next step and practice eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased your exercises that you can work on with your Himalayan Sheepdog. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could even setup 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 train a variety of skills.
Teaching a Himalayan Sheepdog Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to practice. We’ve seen several Himalayan Sheepdogs run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Himalayan Sheepdog is not equipped to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Himalayan Sheepdogs.
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