This blog is concerning how to teach a Sussex Spaniel to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to teach agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching the Sussex Spaniel to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach a Sussex Spaniel a variety of skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Sussex Spaniel jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Sussex Spaniel or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral line, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Sussex Spaniel Eight Jumps
Take the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now increased your exercises that you can try with your Sussex Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of drills.
Teach Your Sussex Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to work on. We’ve seen several Sussex Spaniels run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Sussex Spaniel is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Sussex Spaniels.
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