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Teaching the Basset Hound Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Basset Hound to Jump for AgilityThis post is concerning teaching your Basset Hound to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to practice agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the least count of jumps suggested.

How to Teach the Basset Hound jumping: Start with 4

You can teach a Basset Hound a plethora of exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Basset Hound jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Basset Hound or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral line, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach a Basset Hound Eight Jumps

Take the next logical step and develop eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve increased your drills that you can try with your Basset Hound. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to develop a variety of skills.

Teaching Your Basset Hound Double and Triple Jumps

Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Basset Hounds run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Basset Hound is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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