This article is about teaching your English Water Spaniel jumping 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 teach agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the fewest count of jumps recommended.
How to Teach Your English Water Spaniel to jump: Start with 4
You can teach your English Water Spaniel many 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 Water Spaniel jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your English Water Spaniel or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal row, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the English Water Spaniel 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and develop eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of routines that you can practice with your English Water Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to train a variety of drills.
Teaching Your English Water Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to practice. We’ve seen several English Water Spaniels run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the English Water Spaniel is not equipped for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about English Water Spaniels.
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