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Teaching the English Toy Terrier To Jump for Agility

Teach Your English Toy Terrier to Jump for AgilityThis post is about teaching the English Toy Terrier jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to practice agility. A suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the fewest count of jumps that we recommend.

How to Teach a English Toy Terrier jumping: Start with Four

You can teach the English Toy Terrier many exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your English Toy Terrier jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your English Toy Terrier or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral row, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach Your English Toy Terrier 8 Jumps

Take the next logical step and practice eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of exercises that you can work on with your English Toy Terrier. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of skills.

Teach Your English Toy Terrier Double and Triple Jumps

Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many English Toy Terriers run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the English Toy Terrier is not equipped to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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