This post is concerning teaching your Plott Hound to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to teach agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the absolute least number of jumps recommended.
Teaching Your Plott Hound jumping: Begin with 4
You can teach a Plott Hound many skills, drills, 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 practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Plott Hound jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Plott Hound or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Plott Hound 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied your drills that you can try with your Plott Hound. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You could even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to train a variety of skills.
Teaching Your Plott Hound Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain 2 or 3 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 Plott Hounds run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Plott Hound is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Plott Hounds.
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