Teaching Your Dachshund To Jump for Agility

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Animal Care, Dachshund, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Teaching Your Dachshund To Jump for Agility

Teach Your Dachshund to Jump for AgilityThis blog is concerning how to teach a Dachshund to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to learn agility. A good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps suggested.

How to Teach the Dachshund to jump: Begin with Four

You can teach a Dachshund a multitude of exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you develop 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 Dachshund jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Dachshund or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach Your Dachshund Eight Jumps

Go to the next step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of routines that you can work on with your Dachshund. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You can even setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also enables you to develop a variety of drills.

Teaching the Dachshund Double and Triple Jumps

The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many Dachshunds run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Dachshund is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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