This blog is about teaching a Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to practice agility. One good starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute fewest quantity of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach your Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever many drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop 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 Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal row, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and get 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve increased the number of exercises that you can practice with your Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You can also position your 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 train a variety of skills.
Teach a Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level 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 extremely helpful to practice. We’ve seen many Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retrievers run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever is not equipped to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retrievers.
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