He charges around the house causing trouble almost every day. The kids love playing with him and your partner goes all cute and soft around him, too. Your dog is full of energy though, and you want to put it to good use. While you love having him wreaking havoc, you think there’s a safer way to channel his energy. Not to mention, you’re always on the look out for a neat party trick. Training him to jump over obstacles is one such behavior that’s guaranteed to put a smile on guests' faces. You could even have him leaping around a carefully laid out obstacle course in the yard.
The benefits to this include, but are not limited to, not having to worry about things getting broken in the house anymore. Plus, both your kids and dog will be left knackered by the end of the day. That means napping instead of charging around the kitchen while you try and cook.
Training your dog to jump over obstacles isn’t as challenging as you might think. The biggest hurdle comes in finding the right incentive. If he’s like most dogs, the best motivator will be a smelly bit of food. Cheese is often a good choice. You’ll then need to gradually build up his jumping confidence. This can all be done with consistent practice. You will need to make sure training takes place in a safe environment, though. You want to avoid any injuries.
If he’s a puppy he should be raring to go and keen to please. This means you could see results in just a few days. If he’s older and his acrobatic days are behind him then you may need a couple of weeks before you see consistent results. Succeed and if you have steps, ledges or anything else around your home, he’ll be able to get around easily.
Before you start you’ll need to gather a few things. The first thing you’ll need are the obstacles for him to jump over. A stick is often a good place to start. For one of the methods you can either buy a mini obstacle course online, or you can build one in your yard.
You’ll need to stock up on a generous supply of treats. A toy will also be needed for one of the methods. Set aside 10 minutes each day for training. You can practice in the yard, or in a large room, away from anything that might get broken.
Once you have all that, just bring a positive attitude and training can begin!