Teaching the Tosa To Jump for Agility

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Tosa | Comments Off on Teaching the Tosa To Jump for Agility

Teach Your Tosa to Jump for AgilityThis blog is concerning how to teach your Tosa to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to practice agility. One good starting point is four jumps. This is the least number of jumps recommended.

Teaching a Tosa jumping: Begin with Four

You can teach a Tosa a variety of exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop 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 Tosa jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Tosa or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach a Tosa 8 Jumps

Take the next step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your routines that you can work on with your Tosa. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You can also setup your 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 work on a variety of drills.

Teach Your Tosa Double and Triple Jumps

The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 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 work on. We’ve seen several Tosas run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Tosa is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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

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