This blog is concerning teaching the French Spaniel to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting place is four jumps. This is the absolute least count of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach a French Spaniel jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach a French Spaniel a number of exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work 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 French Spaniel jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your French Spaniel or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the French Spaniel Eight Jumps
Take the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now increased your drills that you can practice with your French Spaniel. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You can even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to develop a variety of skills.
Teaching Your French Spaniel Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many French Spaniels run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the French Spaniel is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about French Spaniels.
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