This post is concerning teaching the Smooth Fox Terrier jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to learn agility. One suitable starting place is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum count of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach the Smooth Fox Terrier to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach the Smooth Fox Terrier many skills, drills, and exercises with 4 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 collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Smooth Fox Terrier jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Smooth Fox Terrier or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Smooth Fox Terrier 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and practice eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of exercises that you can try with your Smooth Fox Terrier. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You could also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to train a variety of drills.
Teach a Smooth Fox Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to work on. We’ve seen many Smooth Fox Terriers run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Smooth Fox Terrier is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Smooth Fox Terriers.
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