This blog is concerning teaching a Briard jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to teach agility. One good starting point is four jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching the Briard jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach a Briard a variety of exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Briard jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Briard or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Briard Eight Jumps
Take the next step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied your exercises that you can try with your Briard. Your jump grids can be of typical size and number of jumps. You can even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also enables you to develop a variety of skills.
Teach Your Briard Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to practice. We’ve seen several Briards run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Briard is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Briards.
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