This article is about teaching the Schipperke jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to learn agility. A suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps recommended.
Teaching a Schipperke jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach your Schipperke many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Schipperke jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Schipperke or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Schipperke 8 Jumps
Go to the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of routines that you can try with your Schipperke. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You could also position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teach Your Schipperke Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really valuable to work on. We’ve seen several Schipperkes run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Schipperke is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Schipperkes.
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