This blog is about teaching the Black Russian Terrier to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to practice agility. A suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps suggested.
How to Teach a Black Russian Terrier to jump: Start with 4
You can teach the Black Russian Terrier many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Black Russian Terrier jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Black Russian Terrier or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a lateral line, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Black Russian Terrier Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of drills that you can try with your Black Russian Terrier. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You can even position 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 work on a variety of drills.
Teaching the Black Russian Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many Black Russian Terriers run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Black Russian Terrier is not prepared for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Black Russian Terriers.
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