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Teaching the English Setter Jumping for Agility

Teach Your English Setter to Jump for AgilityThis article is about how to teach a English Setter jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to teach agility. A good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the absolute fewest number of jumps recommended.

How to Teach Your English Setter jumping: Start with Four

You can teach a English Setter a variety of skills, drills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you 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 English Setter jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your English Setter or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach the English Setter Eight Jumps

Go to the next logical step and get 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of routines that you can try with your English Setter. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You can even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of drills.

Teaching a English Setter Double and Triple Jumps

Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to work on. We’ve seen several English Setters run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the English Setter is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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