This post is about how to teach the Australian Shepherd jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to practice agility. A good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach a Australian Shepherd to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach your Australian Shepherd a multitude of exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Australian Shepherd jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Australian Shepherd or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal line, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Australian Shepherd Eight Jumps
Take the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of exercises that you can work on with your Australian Shepherd. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teach the Australian Shepherd Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to practice. We’ve seen several Australian Shepherds run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Australian Shepherd is not prepared for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Australian Shepherds.
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