If your dog is like most, he loves to play and learn new tricks. By now, he can probably play fetch, get in and out of the car, play ball, and a few others. If so, then now is the perfect time to teach him how to jump over a stick. Before you can teach him this one, he does need to be able to follow the basic commands without fail and without the need for constant treats. You should, however, not try to teach your pup to jump until his body has had a chance to mature.
Be sure to check with your vet to make sure your pup is old enough and developed enough for this type of training. If they aren't, teaching your dog to jump can lead to serious injuries such as damaged muscles, torn ligaments, or broken bones. You should not try to teach this trick to a dog with a history of hip dysplasia, as it could exacerbate the condition.
The command itself is relatively simple, you want your pup to jump over a stick when you are holding it out in front of you on command. You can use a simple command such as 'jump', 'jump over', or 'over', whichever one works best for you. No matter which one you choose, be sure to stay consistent in order to avoid confusion and making training take longer than it should.
While this command is a staple for professional show dogs, it can also be a lot of fun for both you and your pup. Not only this, but what a great way to show off the tricks your puppy knows in front of the rest of your family and, of course, your friends! Not to mention how much fun the two of you can have at the local dog park showing off.
Before you start, it pays to make sure your dog is physically healthy enough and capable of jumping. If you don't, you risk permanently injuring your pup. Beyond this, you need a place to practice, a stick, and of course, plenty of treats to give your pup each time he gets things right. Be sure the place you have chosen to practice is nice and quiet as distractions can only make it hard for your pup to concentrate and learn this amazing new trick you are trying to teach him. Most of all, remember you need to be patient with him and start out slow. Not only will this make the training more fun, it will also make it go much faster.