This blog is about teaching the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I begin with?” You can’t ever have enough solo jumps to learn agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps that we suggest.
Teaching Your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier a plethora of drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Soft-Coated Wheaten 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 Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Eight Jumps
Take the next step and get eight 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 Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup 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 skills.
Teach Your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position two or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to work on. We’ve seen many Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers.
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