This article is about how to teach a Rough Collie to jump for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to teach agility. A good starting point is four jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps suggested.
How to Teach a Rough Collie to jump: Start with Four
You can teach your Rough Collie many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Rough Collie jumping right and left. You can be outside the box and send your Rough Collie or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Rough Collie Eight Jumps
Take the next step and get 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of exercises that you can try with your Rough Collie. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup your 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 skills.
Teach the Rough Collie Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to practice. We’ve seen many Rough Collies run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Rough Collie is not equipped for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Rough Collies.
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