This blog is about teaching the Alpine Spaniel jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the absolute fewest quantity of jumps recommended.
How to Teach a Alpine Spaniel to jump: Start with 4
You can teach the Alpine Spaniel many skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Alpine Spaniel jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Alpine Spaniel or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be staged in a lateral line, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Alpine Spaniel Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and get eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve increased your exercises that you can practice with your Alpine Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can also setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to train a variety of drills.
Teach a Alpine Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many Alpine Spaniels run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Alpine Spaniel is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Alpine Spaniels.
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