This post is concerning teaching the Welsh Sheepdog jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to learn agility. A suitable starting place is four jumps. This is the least count of jumps recommended.
Teaching the Welsh Sheepdog to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach a Welsh Sheepdog many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Welsh Sheepdog jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Welsh Sheepdog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral line, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Welsh Sheepdog Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve increased your routines that you can try with your Welsh Sheepdog. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You can also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of skills.
Teaching the Welsh Sheepdog Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to practice. We’ve seen several Welsh Sheepdogs run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Welsh Sheepdog is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Welsh Sheepdogs.
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