This post is about teaching the Pug to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to learn agility. A good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least number of jumps suggested.
How to Teach Your Pug to jump: Start with Four
You can teach your Pug many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Pug jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Pug or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Pug Eight Jumps
Take the next step and get eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve increased the number of drills that you can work on with your Pug. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You can also 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 work on a variety of drills.
Teach Your Pug Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to work on. We’ve seen several Pugs run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Pug is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Pugs.
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