Teaching the Welsh Springer Spaniel Jumping for Agility

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Teach Your Welsh Springer Spaniel to Jump for AgilityThis post is concerning how to teach the Welsh Springer Spaniel to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have enough single jumps to learn agility. A suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute least quantity of jumps recommended.

How to Teach Your Welsh Springer Spaniel to jump: Begin with Four

You can teach a Welsh Springer Spaniel a plethora of exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you develop 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 Welsh Springer Spaniel jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Welsh Springer Spaniel or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral line, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach Your Welsh Springer Spaniel 8 Jumps

Take the next step and develop eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of drills that you can practice with your Welsh Springer Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You can also position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to develop a variety of skills.

Teaching the Welsh Springer Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps

The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many Welsh Springer Spaniels run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Welsh Springer Spaniel is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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