This article is about how to teach your Greyhound to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to teach agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum quantity of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching a Greyhound jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach the Greyhound many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Greyhound jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Greyhound or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be setup in a lateral row, so that you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Greyhound Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of drills that you can practice with your Greyhound. 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 perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also enables you to develop a variety of drills.
Teach the Greyhound Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can chain two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to practice. We’ve seen many Greyhounds run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Greyhound is not prepared to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Greyhounds.
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