This article is concerning teaching a Irish Terrier to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many single jumps to teach agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the least count of jumps recommended.
Teaching the Irish Terrier to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach the Irish Terrier many exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Irish Terrier jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Irish Terrier or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral line, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Irish Terrier Eight Jumps
Take the next step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve increased your drills that you can try with your Irish Terrier. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can also 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 work on a variety of skills.
Teach Your Irish Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain 2 or 3 solo 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 many Irish Terriers run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Irish Terrier is not prepared for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Irish Terriers.
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