Teaching the Bolognese To Jump for Agility

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Teach Your Bolognese to Jump for AgilityThis post is concerning how to teach your Bolognese jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have too many single jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least number of jumps that we recommend.

How to Teach the Bolognese to jump: Start with 4

You can teach your Bolognese a variety of exercises, drills, and skills with four 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 collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Bolognese jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Bolognese or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach a Bolognese Eight Jumps

Go to the next step and develop eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of drills that you can practice with your Bolognese. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of skills.

Teaching a Bolognese Double and Triple Jumps

The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to practice. We’ve seen several Bologneses run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Bolognese is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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