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Dog jumping training

Train Dog to Jump

Dog jumping training can be done at any age but, like all behavioral training, it is recommended that you begin at a young age.

It is best to attempt this on your own first before seeking help either professionally or through dog training literature. Few basic commands that dogs are taught at an early age include sit, stay, or heel. It is a good idea to teach your dog to jump after this.

It is essential that the training is gradual and patiently done as this will ensure your dog learns well.

To teach a dog to jump, you need an obstacle to jump over. It is always a good idea to begin with something small or trivial that the dog can walk over. The most popular tool used to train a dog to jump is a simple bar.

Leading your dog on a leash, bring it to the bar and give the command to jump. If the dog climbs across the hurdle, you can lavish it with praise. Once the pet learns how to jump over the hurdle you can start making the task harder by raising the height of the hurdle. This should be done gradually over a period of time, not immediately.

It is essential to refuse to allow your pet to avoid the jump. If the pet stops, then lower the obstacle until it goes over. Allowing your pet to get away with refusing the jump will prove detrimental. Once the first few jumps are complete, you may begin allowing the dog to go without a leash. When doing this, it is recommended to stand in front of the hurdle and call the dog towards you. If the dog obeys and manages to jump the obstacle, be very generous with your praise. If the dog fails to follow your instruction, go back to using a leash. Once again, it is essential not to allow your dog to get away with refusing your jump command. It is also essential not to run too fast towards the hurdle as this may overexcite your dog.

At any time while you train your dog to jump you should be patient. If the dog is not able to learn, take a break and indulge in any other activity which you may use to bond with your dog. This makes sure that the dog is always happy with you. Showing impatience is counterproductive.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010