This post is about teaching your Kerry Beagle jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to learn agility. One good starting point is four jumps. This is the absolute fewest number of jumps suggested.
Teaching a Kerry Beagle to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach your Kerry Beagle a plethora of skills, drills, and exercises with four 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 practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Kerry Beagle jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Kerry Beagle or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal row, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach Your Kerry Beagle 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of drills that you can work on with your Kerry Beagle. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of drills.
Teach a Kerry Beagle Double and Triple Jumps
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely beneficial to practice. We’ve seen several Kerry Beagles run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Kerry Beagle is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Kerry Beagles.
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