This post is concerning teaching your Finnish Lapphund jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest count of jumps recommended.
How to Teach the Finnish Lapphund to jump: Start with Four
You can teach your Finnish Lapphund many drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Finnish Lapphund jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Finnish Lapphund or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Finnish Lapphund 8 Jumps
Take the next step and practice eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied your exercises that you can work on with your Finnish Lapphund. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could also position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to work on a variety of drills.
Teaching Your Finnish Lapphund Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to work on. We’ve seen many Finnish Lapphunds run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Finnish Lapphund is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Finnish Lapphunds.
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