Teaching the Border Terrier Jumping for Agility

Posted by on Feb 18, 2011 in Animal Care, Border Terrier, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Teaching the Border Terrier Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Border Terrier to Jump for AgilityThis blog is concerning how to teach the Border Terrier jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the absolute fewest quantity of jumps suggested.

How to Teach a Border Terrier jumping: Begin with 4

You can teach a Border Terrier many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four 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 Border Terrier jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Border Terrier or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be setup in a lateral line, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach Your Border Terrier 8 Jumps

Take the next step and get eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of routines that you can work on with your Border Terrier. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can 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 allows you to train a variety of skills.

Teaching the Border Terrier Double and Triple Jumps

Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Border Terriers run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Border Terrier is not prepared for it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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