In his youth, he charged around causing trouble and winding you up. He’d get the kids worked up before bed time, he’d distract your partner when you needed him to do a job. As your dog has gotten older though, he’s become considerably more docile. The problem is, you have recently moved house and now there are a lot of old steps and ledges that he needs to jump over to get around. He might be old, but he’s too big and heavy for you to lift him over everything.
Training him to jump will allow him to get around easily. This will increase his territory and freedom, making him a happier dog. Plus, jumping is also a great way to keep his bones and muscles strong and lean. A jumping dog is a happy dog!
Training a normal dog to jump comes with its challenges. However, teaching an older dog to jump can be even harder. This is because they lack the energy of their youth and their eagerness to learn. Fortunately, even older dogs have a weak point spot, and that usually comes in the form of food. You will need to use a tasty incentive to get him jumping to your tune. You will have to gradually build up his jumping confidence using soft obstacles. The trick is to make training into one big game. This is how dogs learn best.
If he’s still relatively receptive, you could see results in just a few days. If he’s stubborn and not the acrobat he once was, then you may need a couple of weeks. Succeed and you’ll keep him fit and healthy, plus you’ll get guests giggling when he’s performing the high jump for them.
Before you start training, you will need to gather a few bits. Get some sticks, low chairs, and anything else you can think of for him to jump over. Make sure they aren’t too hard or sharp though. You don’t want to injure him.
Also, stock up on tasty treats or break his favorite food into small pieces. Set aside a few minutes each day for training and practice outside where TVs won’t get broken.
Apart from that, just bring patience and a positive attitude, then work can begin!