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How to Teach Dog Jump?

(June 1, 2010)

Once you have trained your dog basic commands like sit, stay and heel, you can then teach him to jump. Here are some easy dog training methods and steps to follow while teaching your dog the jump command.

It is advisable to introduce variety by having many different types of jumps. However you can start with one basic type like the bar. Keep the bars very low so that the dog only has to walk across them. First, place a leash on the dog and keep it held with both your hands. Then approach the jump, and give the command while leading the dog over the bar. Once he crosses over to the other side of the bar, have him heel and praise him. For dog jumping training, it is advisable to praise him generously as this works best in motivating further desirable behaviors. Once your dog has mastered the lowest level, raise the level more and more during each subsequent session. When teaching a dog the jump command, the most important thing is to never allow the pet to refuse a jump. If your dog draws back or resists, lower the hurdle further and further until he crosses over it. If you allow him to back off, he may begin to refuse the command regularly since he was able to get away with it once.

Once your dog gets used to the bars and is able to successfully cross them on your command, you can then allow him to perform the jump on his own, while you hold the lead. When he makes the jump, ensure that you are holding his leash right in front of the middle of the bar and then lower your arm as he makes a landing. Again, praise him generously. Once your pet can jump and heel without you having to make any corrections, he is ready to perform the jump without the lead. To do this, first approach the bar and point to it. Then give the jump command and walk quickly by the bar. Then start walking slowly, issue the heel command and pat your side. Ensure that you do not run while you approach the bar, as this may excite the canine and could cause him to cooperate with you less. It is also important to keep the entire training process lively and fun. Praise your dog enthusiastically and if you find yourself feeling frustrated at any point, stop and play a game that your dog will enjoy.
Submitted by N M on June 1, 2010 at 11:32


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