This article is about how to teach a Leonberger jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to practice agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute fewest number of jumps recommended.
How to Teach a Leonberger to jump: Start with Four
You can teach your Leonberger many drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Leonberger jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Leonberger or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be setup in a horizontal row, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Leonberger 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied your routines that you can practice with your Leonberger. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of skills.
Teach Your Leonberger Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to practice. We’ve seen several Leonbergers run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Leonberger is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Leonbergers.
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