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Teaching a King Charles Spaniel Jumping for Agility

Teach Your King Charles Spaniel to Jump for AgilityThis blog is about how to teach the King Charles Spaniel jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to teach agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the fewest count of jumps that we recommend.

Teaching Your King Charles Spaniel jumping: Start with 4

You can teach a King Charles Spaniel many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop 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 King Charles Spaniel jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your King Charles Spaniel or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be setup in a horizontal line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach the King Charles Spaniel Eight Jumps

Take the next step and get 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased your routines that you can practice with your King Charles Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of skills.

Teaching a King Charles Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps

Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to work on. We’ve seen many King Charles Spaniels run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the King Charles Spaniel is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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