This post is about teaching your Landseer to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to learn agility. A suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the minimum quantity of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach the Landseer to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach the Landseer many drills, skills, and exercises with 4 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 handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Landseer jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Landseer or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be setup in a horizontal line, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Landseer Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and develop 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of routines that you can try with your Landseer. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You could also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to train a variety of drills.
Teach Your Landseer Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to work on. We’ve seen several Landseers run a perfect course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Landseer is not ready to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Landseers.
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