This post is concerning teaching your Basque Shepherd Dog to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to practice agility. A suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the minimum quantity of jumps suggested.
Teaching a Basque Shepherd Dog to jump: Start with Four
You can teach your Basque Shepherd Dog a plethora of exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work 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 Basque Shepherd Dog jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Basque Shepherd Dog or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Basque Shepherd Dog 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can try with your Basque Shepherd Dog. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of drills.
Teach a Basque Shepherd Dog Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many Basque Shepherd Dogs run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Basque Shepherd Dog is not prepared for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Basque Shepherd Dogs.
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