This post is about teaching your Formosan Mountain Dog jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to practice agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the minimum quantity of jumps suggested.
Teaching the Formosan Mountain Dog jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach a Formosan Mountain Dog a plethora of exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Formosan Mountain Dog jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Formosan Mountain Dog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a horizontal line, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Formosan Mountain Dog Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and develop eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can work on with your Formosan Mountain Dog. 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 perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of drills.
Teaching a Formosan Mountain Dog Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to practice. We’ve seen several Formosan Mountain Dogs run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Formosan Mountain Dog is not equipped for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Formosan Mountain Dogs.
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