This blog is about how to teach your Southern Hound jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to learn agility. One suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the absolute least quantity of jumps recommended.
Teaching Your Southern Hound jumping: Start with 4
You can teach the Southern Hound 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 Southern Hound jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Southern Hound or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal row, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your Southern Hound Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and get 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your routines that you can practice with your Southern Hound. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You could 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 the Southern Hound Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to work on. We’ve seen many Southern Hounds run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Southern Hound is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Southern Hounds.
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