Teaching Your Basenji Jumping for Agility

Posted by on Feb 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Basenji, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Teaching Your Basenji Jumping for Agility

Teach Your Basenji to Jump for AgilityThis article is about teaching the Basenji to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to learn agility. A suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we suggest.

How to Teach the Basenji jumping: Start with Four

You can teach a Basenji many exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. Four 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 handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Basenji jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Basenji or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be setup in a horizontal line, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach a Basenji 8 Jumps

Take the next logical step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied your routines that you can work on with your Basenji. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You can also setup 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 skills.

Teach the Basenji Double and Triple Jumps

Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Basenjis run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Basenji is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Basenjis.

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