This post is concerning teaching the Skye Terrier jumping for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have too many solo jumps to teach agility. One good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach Your Skye Terrier to jump: Start with Four
You can teach a Skye Terrier many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Skye Terrier jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Skye Terrier or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral line, so you could practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Skye Terrier Eight Jumps
Take the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can setup 2 boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of drills that you can practice with your Skye Terrier. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You can even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also enables you to work on a variety of skills.
Teaching a Skye 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 extremely beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Skye Terriers run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Skye Terrier is not prepared for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Skye Terriers.
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