Teaching the Malinois To Jump for Agility

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Teach Your Malinois to Jump for AgilityThis article is concerning how to teach a Malinois to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the absolute fewest quantity of jumps suggested.

How to Teach a Malinois to jump: Begin with Four

You can teach your Malinois a number of skills, drills, and exercises with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Malinois jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Malinois or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be staged in a lateral row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach the Malinois 8 Jumps

Go to the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of routines that you can try with your Malinois. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You could even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of skills.

Teach a Malinois Double and Triple Jumps

Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially valuable to work on. We’ve seen many Malinoiss run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Malinois is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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