This article is about how to teach the American Bulldog jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach a American Bulldog to jump: Start with Four
You can teach your American Bulldog a plethora of skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your American Bulldog jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your American Bulldog or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your American Bulldog 8 Jumps
Go to the next step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can work on with your American Bulldog. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could also position 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 develop a variety of drills.
Teach the American Bulldog Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or three 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 American Bulldogs run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the American Bulldog is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about American Bulldogs.
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