Teaching the English Mastiff Jumping for Agility

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Teach Your English Mastiff to Jump for AgilityThis blog is concerning teaching a English Mastiff to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to learn agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the least number of jumps suggested.

How to Teach Your English Mastiff jumping: Start with 4

You can teach your English Mastiff a variety of drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your English Mastiff jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your English Mastiff or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach Your English Mastiff 8 Jumps

Go to the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied your exercises that you can try with your English Mastiff. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You can also position 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 develop a variety of drills.

Teach the English Mastiff Double and Triple Jumps

The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to work on. We’ve seen many English Mastiffs run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the English Mastiff is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about English Mastiffs.

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