This post is about how to teach a Akbash jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have enough single jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching Your Akbash to jump: Start with 4
You can teach a Akbash many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you develop 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 Akbash jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your Akbash 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 the Akbash 8 Jumps
Go to the next step and get eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can practice with your Akbash. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could also setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teaching Your Akbash 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, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Akbashs run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Akbash is not equipped for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Akbashs.
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