Do you want to go on lots of adventures with your pooch; however are they always such a hassle because he just doesn’t get the hang of jumping into the car and you find yourself covered in mud after a walk out in the country? Imagine how much easier and less back breaking it would be if you didn’t have to lift your 90-pound pooch into the car, or maybe you’ve got a few small dogs and with each pupper you lift in, the chore becomes heavier and more time-consuming. Or maybe you’ve got a large 4x4, small kids, and a ton of camping equipment to take with you and the last thing you want to do is load the dog into the car as well. How much easier would it be if you could teach your pupper to jump, saving your back as well as your time? Well using this guide in a few simple steps, you can do exactly that.
In this guide, we will be teaching your pupper the 'jump' command, which has a lot of useful applications and can save you a lot of effort and exasperation in trying to lift your dog. As mentioned in the scenario before, particularly if he’s a large breed dog, it will be useful to get him to jump into cars, onto couches or even onto the table at the vet's. This command has some real uses in service dogs, as they need to complete complicated obstacle courses. Aside from practical applications, it is also a very cute and fun command to teach and will build on the trust and disciplinary bond you have with your pet. It would also be an invaluable asset to those thinking of competing in competitive training events with their pooch. The command is of a medium difficulty and most pooches should pick it up within a week or so, however, your pup should be approximately a year old so that most of their growth has taken place and they are less likely to injure themselves learning to jump. Bear in mind that not all dog breeds can jump--breeds with long backs and short legs such as Dachshunds are not suitable, as the risk of spinal injury is high.
In order to get started, you’ll need plenty of tasty treats and a can-do attitude; energy will also help, so be sure you and your pooch are both well rested. If you’re looking for a more complicated jump technique, you can use suitable objects or bars that your dog can jump over, which can often be purchased at large pet supply stores. It’s important to think of you and your pooch's health and safety when teaching this trick. In order to make sure neither you nor your pooch injure yourselves, select a location with an appropriate amount of space with an even surface for flooring, the yard can be good for this, but just make sure there aren’t any potholes lying around. Now you’re ready to get started.