This post is concerning how to teach the Belgian Shepherd Dog to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the minimum quantity of jumps suggested.
Teaching a Belgian Shepherd Dog to jump: Start with 4
You can teach the Belgian Shepherd Dog many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four 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 Belgian Shepherd Dog jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your Belgian Shepherd Dog or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal line, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Belgian Shepherd Dog 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of exercises that you can practice with your Belgian Shepherd Dog. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could even setup your 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 train a variety of skills.
Teach the Belgian Shepherd Dog Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Belgian Shepherd Dogs run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Belgian Shepherd Dog is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Belgian Shepherd Dogs.
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