This blog is about how to teach a Australian Cattle Dog jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to learn agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum number of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching the Australian Cattle Dog jumping: Start with 4
You can teach the Australian Cattle Dog a plethora of exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four 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 Australian Cattle Dog jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Australian Cattle Dog or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Australian Cattle Dog Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and practice eight jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied your exercises that you can try with your Australian Cattle Dog. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teaching Your Australian Cattle Dog Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to work on. We’ve seen several Australian Cattle Dogs run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Australian Cattle Dog is not equipped for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Australian Cattle Dogs.
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