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Teaching the Poodle To Jump for Agility

Teach Your Poodle to Jump for AgilityThis article is about how to teach your Poodle jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to practice agility. A suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the minimum quantity of jumps that we recommend.

Teaching Your Poodle jumping: Begin with Four

You can teach a Poodle a variety of exercises, drills, and skills 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 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Poodle jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Poodle or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral line, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach a Poodle Eight Jumps

Take the next logical step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve increased the number of exercises that you can work on with your Poodle. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of skills.

Teaching a Poodle Double and Triple Jumps

Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain 2 or 3 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 Poodles run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Poodle is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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