This post is concerning teaching your White Shepherd jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to practice agility. A good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least number of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach the White Shepherd to jump: Start with Four
You can teach your White Shepherd many skills, drills, and exercises 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 work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your White Shepherd jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your White Shepherd or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your White Shepherd Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and get eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now increased your exercises that you can try with your White Shepherd. Your jump grids can be of typical 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 circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of skills.
Teaching a White Shepherd Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many White Shepherds run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the White Shepherd is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about White Shepherds.
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