This article is concerning how to teach the Karakachan Dog to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to practice agility. One suitable starting point is four jumps. This is the least count of jumps suggested.
Teaching the Karakachan Dog to jump: Start with 4
You can teach the Karakachan Dog a number of exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Karakachan Dog jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Karakachan Dog or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Karakachan Dog Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and get 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of exercises that you can work on with your Karakachan Dog. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teaching a Karakachan Dog Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set two or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Karakachan Dogs run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Karakachan Dog is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Karakachan Dogs.
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