This post is concerning how to teach your Japanese Spitz jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching the Japanese Spitz to jump: Start with Four
You can teach a Japanese Spitz a plethora of drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Japanese Spitz jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Japanese Spitz or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be setup in a horizontal line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Japanese Spitz Eight Jumps
Take the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of drills that you can work on with your Japanese Spitz. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You can even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to develop a variety of drills.
Teach Your Japanese Spitz Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to practice. We’ve seen several Japanese Spitzs run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Japanese Spitz is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Japanese Spitzs.
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