This blog is about how to teach the German Rough-Haired Pointer jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can never have enough single jumps to teach agility. One suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum number of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching a German Rough-Haired Pointer to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach a German Rough-Haired Pointer many skills, drills, and exercises with four 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 German Rough-Haired Pointer jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your German Rough-Haired Pointer or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be setup in a horizontal line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your German Rough-Haired Pointer Eight Jumps
Take the next step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of exercises that you can practice with your German Rough-Haired Pointer. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You can also setup the 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 train a variety of drills.
Teach a German Rough-Haired Pointer Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to practice. We’ve seen several German Rough-Haired Pointers run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the German Rough-Haired Pointer is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about German Rough-Haired Pointers.
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