Jump Box Drills
25 Dec 2005
In a belated response to a request on the AgileX email list a few weeks ago for Sequences I’ve put together this post. I’ve drawn up fifteen different sequences that can be used to train most every handling maneuver. The sequences aren’t arranged in any particular order and I’ve included a very brief handling discussion on some of them.
The temperature here finally went above freezing and the snow wasn’t too deep, so I setup a Box in the backyard and videotaped Milo and me running a couple of these sequences. It was slippery for both of us so I kept the jumps low and my handling isn’t what it should be, but you should be able to get the general idea.
This worksdegree jumps to both the right and left. It can be handled with , , and or a combination of them.View a Windows Media clip of this sequence using Front Crosses.
View a Windows Media clip of this sequence using Post Turns/Rear Cross (one Front Cross).
You can see that Milo turns much wider when using a Post Turn than when using the Front Cross.
90s and 270s
You’ll notice that the 90 degree “turns” between jumps (like between 1-2 and 3-4) are really straight lines connected by 270 degree turns. This is good example of a case where how you view the course can change how you might handle it.
Modified Threadle/Pull Throughs
View a Windows Media clip of this sequence using Half Cross handling.
This can be a tough sequence if you have to be positioned at the jump stanchion in order to push your dog around the jump. In that case you are likely to be behind your dog for the next jump. Some handler’s train a specific Around Command to have the dog go around the upright and jump toward the handler.
Threadle and 270s
I like using aover jump 2 with a around jump 3. Then handling with the dog on the handler’s left for jumps 4,5, and 6. The again with a Front Cross over jump 6 with a Post Turn around jump 7.
Serpentine and 270s
Just like for the Threadle and 270 degree sequence, a Front Cross/Post Turn through jumps 4-5-6.
Jump Wraps Using Post Turns
In these drills the dog should be wrapped tightly around the jump in the direction shown by the arrow. Using aand stepping back behind the jump as the dog takes off will help tighten the turn. Depending on your stride length and your dog’s handling needs you can then take a step toward the next jump and repeat. You’ll kind be “falling” backwards around the jumps as you perform the sequence.View a Windows Media clip of this sequence using Post Turns to the right.
Jump Wraps Using Front Crosses
In these drills useto turn the dog tightly around the jump standard.
Longer Distance Jump Wraps
I haven’t run this one yet. I’m thinking using Front Crosses for each Jump Wrap could be the most advantageous handling for my team.
Short Distance Around Jumps
Start this sequence with you and your dog in the middle of the box. Push your dog around each jump in the direction of the arrows.
Around to Around Jumps
Start this sequence with you and your dog in the middle of the box. Push your dog around jump 1 to start the sequence. This one of the most challenging sequences as you are going from one around of a jump, across the box, and around the next jump.
I think the myriad of training possibilities provided by this jump configuration show its versatility. I hope you give some of these a try. Let me know how you handled them, which ones you liked best, and any permutations you’ve devised.