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Teaching the Standard Schnauzer Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Standard Schnauzer to Jump for AgilityThis blog is concerning teaching a Standard Schnauzer jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to learn agility. One suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we suggest.

Teaching the Standard Schnauzer to jump: Begin with 4

You can teach the Standard Schnauzer a plethora of skills, drills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Standard Schnauzer jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Standard Schnauzer or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be staged in a lateral row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach Your Standard Schnauzer Eight Jumps

Go to the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve increased your exercises that you can practice with your Standard Schnauzer. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You can even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to train a variety of skills.

Teaching a Standard Schnauzer Double and Triple Jumps

The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really valuable to practice. We’ve seen several Standard Schnauzers run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Standard Schnauzer is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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