Teaching a Maltese To Jump for Agility

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Teach Your Maltese to Jump for AgilityThis post is about how to teach the Maltese jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum quantity of jumps recommended.

Teaching a Maltese jumping: Begin with 4

You can teach your Maltese a variety of exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Maltese jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Maltese or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach Your Maltese Eight Jumps

Go to the next step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied your exercises that you can practice with your Maltese. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number 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 setup also enables you to work on a variety of skills.

Teach the Maltese Double and Triple Jumps

Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Malteses run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Maltese is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Malteses.

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