This post is about teaching the Portuguese Podengo jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have enough single jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps suggested.
How to Teach a Portuguese Podengo to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach a Portuguese Podengo a variety of drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Portuguese Podengo jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Portuguese Podengo or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Portuguese Podengo 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can try with your Portuguese Podengo. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teaching Your Portuguese Podengo Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to practice. We’ve seen many Portuguese Podengos run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Portuguese Podengo is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Portuguese Podengos.
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