Every course your dog will perform is mostly jumps, so he should approach jumps with great confidence and an understanding of how to perform them. Susan Salo believes the development of these skills begins at the puppy stage – teaching young dogs to read and drive a path to their target (and person), to understand how to react to distances that are constantly changing, and to do so without producing extra strides where they are not needed.
You can being teaching puppies about the mechanics of the job ahead as early as four to six months of age. Because this programme is not about schooling pupies to jump height (jump bumps are used), it’s safe training for your growing puppy. The focus is is on imparting an understanding of jumping and on developing a sharp, flexible mind that can problem solve. You will be surprised at how effortless the grids become for your puppy and at how great the payoff is down the road.
Dogs thave have been trained from puppy hood using Susan’s jumping process not only really enjoy jumping, but also move toward a jump full of confidence and without rushing, while using their bodies in a way that makes the task of jumping look effortless.
The DVD shows Susan working with a group of puppies of various ages and breeds. It also contains PDF files for three articles that Susan has written for Clean Run magazine: “Starting Your Puppy Off on the Right Foot, Parts 1 and 2” and “Balance at the Start Line”.
Note: It is strongly recommended that you watch the entire DVD before beginning this jump training programme. The goal is not to perfect each jump grid and then move on to the next; rather, it is to work on two or three different grids each week, varying which ones you select to train each time.
About the Author
Susan Salo has over 35 years of experience in the world of show jumping as both a competitor and a professional trainer. She has ridden for many years with some of the nation’s most noted horsemen including Gene Lewis, George Morris, and the late Jimmy Williams. Susan brings her extensive experience of combining speed with jumping to the sport of dog agility. She offers a unique perspective and knowledge of the mechanical aspects of jumping which, when properly applied, can create muscle memory and balance for the canine athlete. Not to be confused with handling seminars, her lessons and workshops focus entirely on the dog—building better jumping skills and instilling more confidence and speed. Training with Susan is an opportunity to develop your “eye” and witness dogs learning about balance, striding, and scope until jumping becomes effortless for them.