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Teaching Your Swedish Vallhund To Jump for Agility

Teach Your Swedish Vallhund to Jump for AgilityThis blog is concerning teaching your Swedish Vallhund to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to teach agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps that we suggest.

How to Teach a Swedish Vallhund to jump: Begin with Four

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

Teach the Swedish Vallhund 8 Jumps

Take the next logical step and develop eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of exercises that you can practice with your Swedish Vallhund. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to develop a variety of skills.

Teaching the Swedish Vallhund Double and Triple Jumps

Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set 2 or 3 single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is really beneficial to practice. We’ve seen several Swedish Vallhunds run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Swedish Vallhund is not prepared to do it, and bang, down goes the bar.

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