A little Jack Russell Terrier named Bob was trained to run and launch himself into his owner's waiting arms when given the command, “Bob are you scared?” Now they perform this cute trick at children's hospitals, much to the delight of the youngsters, who think Bob is the greatest. A side benefit of this trick is that it is so well established, that even when Bob is distracted by something his owner can command him to jump into her arms and he will do it, thus keeping him out of trouble, as well as being entertaining!
If you have a small dog with some athletic ability you can teach your dog to jump into your arms. This is a fun trick with the added benefit of having ahold of your dog at the end of the trick, great if you need to catch your little dog in a hurry!
A small dog needs to be athletically fit to be able to jump into his owner's arms. Although, if your dog is really little you can bend over and meet him halfway. It is advisable to make sure your dog is physically fit enough to perform this trick, and that it will not cause him injury. Any dog with joint, back, or other orthopedic conditions may not be able to safely jump high enough to perform this trick, and it is not advised. Although young dogs can be taught this trick, make sure their joints are adequately developed before proceeding. You will provide a verbal command or hand signal of your choosing, put your arms out, and your small dog will run over, launch himself up, and land safely and securely in your arms. This requires trust on the part of your dog, and you may need to do additional work to establish trust if your dog is uncomfortable with the trick at first. Once completed, this is a super cute trick and you will have your dog securely in your arms.
To teach your dog to jump into your arms you will need lots of treats or toys to reward and reinforce the behavior. A chair and small table or stool is also useful to help your dog reach your arms during the training process. Remember, this is a fun trick--do not punish or reprimand your dog during training. Keep training sessions short so as not to strain your dog, jumping can cause injury. Work on trust with your dog if necessary by supplying lots of time playing, exercising, grooming, or performing other tricks and obedience commands to prepare for this trick.