This article is concerning how to teach the Catalan Sheepdog jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to practice agility. A suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the absolute fewest quantity of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching a Catalan Sheepdog to jump: Start with Four
You can teach a Catalan Sheepdog a multitude of exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you work 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 Catalan Sheepdog jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Catalan Sheepdog or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal line, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach a Catalan Sheepdog Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and get 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of drills that you can work on with your Catalan Sheepdog. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of drills.
Teach the Catalan Sheepdog Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to practice. We’ve seen many Catalan Sheepdogs run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Catalan Sheepdog is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Catalan Sheepdogs.
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