Teaching the Spinone Italiano Jumping for Agility

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Teach Your Spinone Italiano to Jump for AgilityThis post is concerning teaching the Spinone Italiano jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the absolute minimum number of jumps recommended.

Teaching the Spinone Italiano jumping: Begin with 4

You can teach your Spinone Italiano many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you 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 Spinone Italiano jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Spinone Italiano or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral row, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach Your Spinone Italiano Eight Jumps

Go to the next step and get 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of exercises that you can practice with your Spinone Italiano. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of drills.

Teaching the Spinone Italiano Double and Triple Jumps

The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could 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 practice. We’ve seen many Spinone Italianos run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Spinone Italiano is not prepared for it, and bang, down comes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Spinone Italianos.

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