This blog is concerning teaching your Old German Shepherd Dog to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have too many single jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum number of jumps suggested.
How to Teach a Old German Shepherd Dog to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach a Old German Shepherd Dog a variety of drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Old German Shepherd Dog jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Old German Shepherd Dog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Old German Shepherd Dog Eight Jumps
Take the next step and develop eight jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of routines that you can try with your Old German Shepherd Dog. 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 perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to work on a variety of drills.
Teach the Old German Shepherd Dog Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to practice. We’ve seen many Old German Shepherd Dogs run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Old German Shepherd Dog is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Old German Shepherd Dogs.
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