Teaching Your American Staffordshire Terrier Jumping for Agility

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Teach Your American Staffordshire Terrier to Jump for AgilityThis post is concerning teaching a American Staffordshire Terrier jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to practice agility. A suitable starting place is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum count of jumps that we suggest.

Teaching a American Staffordshire Terrier jumping: Begin with Four

You can teach a American Staffordshire Terrier a multitude of skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your American Staffordshire Terrier jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your American Staffordshire Terrier or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral line, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach the American Staffordshire Terrier 8 Jumps

Go to the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied your routines that you can try with your American Staffordshire Terrier. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You could even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of drills.

Teaching a American Staffordshire Terrier Double and Triple Jumps

Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely helpful to work on. We’ve seen many American Staffordshire Terriers run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the American Staffordshire Terrier is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about American Staffordshire Terriers.

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