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Teaching Your Russell Terrier To Jump for Agility

Teach Your Russell Terrier to Jump for AgilityThis article is about teaching a Russell Terrier jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to practice agility. A suitable starting place is 4 jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps that we suggest.

How to Teach the Russell Terrier to jump: Begin with Four

You can teach the Russell Terrier many skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Russell Terrier jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Russell Terrier or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal row, so that you could practice threadles and serpentines.

Teach the Russell Terrier Eight Jumps

Take the next logical step and develop eight jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of drills that you can work on with your Russell Terrier. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You can even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of skills.

Teaching a Russell Terrier Double and Triple Jumps

Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could chain 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 Russell Terriers run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Russell Terrier is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.

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