Teaching a Papillon To Jump for Agility

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Teach Your Papillon to Jump for AgilityThis article is about teaching the Papillon jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have too many single jumps to practice agility. A good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least quantity of jumps that we recommend.

Teaching Your Papillon jumping: Start with Four

You can teach your Papillon a multitude of drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Papillon jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Papillon or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be setup in a lateral line, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach the Papillon 8 Jumps

Take the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your routines that you can practice with your Papillon. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of skills.

Teach a Papillon Double and Triple Jumps

The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Papillons run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Papillon is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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

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