This blog is about how to teach your Afghan Hound jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to teach agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching the Afghan Hound to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach a Afghan Hound many exercises, skills, and drills with four 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 practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Afghan Hound jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Afghan Hound or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a lateral line, so that you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Afghan Hound 8 Jumps
Go to the next step and get eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can work on with your Afghan Hound. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You can also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to develop a variety of skills.
Teach Your Afghan Hound Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to practice. We’ve seen several Afghan Hounds run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Afghan Hound is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Afghan Hounds.
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