This article is about teaching the Russian Tracker jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have enough single jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the least number of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching a Russian Tracker to jump: Start with 4
You can teach the Russian Tracker many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Russian Tracker jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Russian Tracker or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal line, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Russian Tracker 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and develop eight jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve increased your routines that you can practice with your Russian Tracker. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You can even position your 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 drills.
Teaching the Russian Tracker Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to practice. We’ve seen several Russian Trackers run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Russian Tracker is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Russian Trackers.
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