Teaching a Scottish Deerhound Jumping for Agility

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Teach Your Scottish Deerhound to Jump for AgilityThis article is concerning how to teach the Scottish Deerhound to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps that we suggest.

How to Teach a Scottish Deerhound jumping: Begin with 4

You can teach the Scottish Deerhound a plethora of drills, skills, and exercises with four 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 Scottish Deerhound jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Scottish Deerhound or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be setup in a lateral line, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach Your Scottish Deerhound Eight Jumps

Take the next step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied your drills that you can try with your Scottish Deerhound. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to work on a variety of skills.

Teach Your Scottish Deerhound Double and Triple Jumps

The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially valuable to work on. We’ve seen several Scottish Deerhounds run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Scottish Deerhound is not equipped for it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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

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