You’ve taken him out for a long walk today, but your dog remains full of energy and is bounding around the house. You’ve got a BBQ going on and family and friends around that love seeing your canine pal. Why not kill two birds with one stone and help him dispel some energy while creating an entertaining spectacle for guests? A dog that can jump over objects is guaranteed to get guests grinning and even your energetic pup can’t compete in the high jump all day and not need an afternoon nap.
Teaching him to jump over objects may also serve a practical purpose too. If you’ve got young kids in the house you’ve probably got gates on your doorways. But getting up to constantly to let your dog get through the house isn’t half a pain. A jumping dog could clear your gates and allow you to enjoy those short periods you get to sit down with a hot drink and Gossip Girl.
The good news is, this type of training can yield results in just a week or two. If you’ve got a young and acrobatic dog he’ll probably want to be leaping over objects anyway and may need just a few days. If he’s older and not quite all there upstairs, with arthritis and dodgy knees, then you may need to take training slower and give him a couple of weeks to catch on.
The training itself is pretty simple. It consists partly of obedience commands but mainly encouraging him and guiding him to start with. If he thinks it’s a game, he’ll be eager to play and succeed, making training fun!
Apart from allowing him to jump obstacles in the house like baby gates, it will help him quickly use up that excess energy and be a fantastic party trick for guests.
Before you enter him into the doggie Olympics you’ll need to gather a few bits. A stick, toys, and objects for him to jump over will be essential. It is also important you find a large space where he isn’t likely to land on something that’s going to cause injury. A big yard or a quiet field often work well.
Also get his favorite food and some treats together. The more he loves the food or treat, the higher he’ll be willing to jump to get his mouth around it. Once you’re all sorted, head to your acrobatic arena…