This post is about teaching the Thai Ridgeback jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to teach agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the absolute fewest count of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach the Thai Ridgeback to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach the Thai Ridgeback many drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Thai Ridgeback jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Thai Ridgeback or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a lateral row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Thai Ridgeback Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of drills that you can work on with your Thai Ridgeback. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teach Your Thai Ridgeback Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Thai Ridgebacks run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Thai Ridgeback is not equipped for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Thai Ridgebacks.
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