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Teaching a Swedish Lapphund Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Swedish Lapphund to Jump for AgilityThis post is about how to teach a Swedish Lapphund jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many single jumps to learn agility. One suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps suggested.

Teaching Your Swedish Lapphund jumping: Begin with Four

You can teach a Swedish Lapphund many drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Swedish Lapphund jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Swedish Lapphund or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal line, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach Your Swedish Lapphund 8 Jumps

Go to the next step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of exercises that you can work on with your Swedish Lapphund. 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 perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of drills.

Teaching Your Swedish Lapphund Double and Triple Jumps

The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to practice. We’ve seen many Swedish Lapphunds run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Swedish Lapphund is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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