This article is about teaching the Black Norwegian Elkhound to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to learn agility. A suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum quantity of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach a Black Norwegian Elkhound jumping: Start with Four
You can teach a Black Norwegian Elkhound a multitude of exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work 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 Black Norwegian Elkhound jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Black Norwegian Elkhound or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal row, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Black Norwegian Elkhound Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and get eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of drills that you can work on with your Black Norwegian Elkhound. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to develop a variety of drills.
Teach the Black Norwegian Elkhound Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain 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 several Black Norwegian Elkhounds run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Black Norwegian Elkhound is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Black Norwegian Elkhounds.
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