Teaching a Vizsla Jumping for Agility

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Teach Your Vizsla to Jump for AgilityThis article is concerning how to teach a Vizsla jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to learn agility. A suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the least number of jumps that we suggest.

How to Teach Your Vizsla to jump: Start with Four

You can teach a Vizsla a plethora of exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Vizsla jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Vizsla or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral line, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach Your Vizsla 8 Jumps

Go to the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can try with your Vizsla. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of drills.

Teaching Your Vizsla Double and Triple Jumps

Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or 3 solo 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 Vizslas run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Vizsla is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Vizslas.

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