Teaching Your Manchester Terrier Jumping for Agility

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Teach Your Manchester Terrier to Jump for AgilityThis article is about teaching your Manchester Terrier jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have too many single jumps to learn agility. A suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the absolute least number of jumps that we suggest.

Teaching the Manchester Terrier to jump: Start with 4

You can teach the Manchester Terrier a multitude of skills, drills, 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 Manchester Terrier jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Manchester Terrier or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal line, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach Your Manchester Terrier 8 Jumps

Go to the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied your exercises that you can practice with your Manchester Terrier. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also allows you to develop a variety of skills.

Teach the Manchester Terrier Double and Triple Jumps

Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position two or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially valuable to practice. We’ve seen several Manchester Terriers run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Manchester Terrier is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Manchester Terriers.

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