This blog is about teaching a Norwegian Elkhound to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to practice agility. A suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps recommended.
How to Teach a Norwegian Elkhound jumping: Start with 4
You can teach the Norwegian Elkhound many skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work 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 Norwegian Elkhound jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Norwegian Elkhound 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 the Norwegian Elkhound 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and get 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now increased your drills that you can practice with your Norwegian Elkhound. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could even setup the 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 develop a variety of skills.
Teaching Your Norwegian Elkhound Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to practice. We’ve seen many Norwegian Elkhounds run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Norwegian Elkhound is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Norwegian Elkhounds.
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