This post is about how to teach your Transylvanian Hound to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to teach agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching Your Transylvanian Hound jumping: Start with Four
You can teach your Transylvanian Hound a number of exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Transylvanian Hound jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Transylvanian Hound or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be setup in a lateral line, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Transylvanian Hound 8 Jumps
Go to the next logical step and get 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of routines that you can work on with your Transylvanian Hound. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You can also position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of skills.
Teach the Transylvanian Hound Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially valuable to work on. We’ve seen several Transylvanian Hounds run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Transylvanian Hound is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Transylvanian Hounds.
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