This blog is about how to teach a Lakeland Terrier jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to teach agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the least number of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach Your Lakeland Terrier jumping: Start with 4
You can teach your Lakeland Terrier many exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Lakeland Terrier jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Lakeland Terrier or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral row, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Lakeland Terrier Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and work on eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve increased the number of exercises that you can practice with your Lakeland Terrier. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also enables you to work on a variety of drills.
Teaching the Lakeland Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really valuable to practice. We’ve seen several Lakeland Terriers run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Lakeland Terrier is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Lakeland Terriers.
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