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How to Train Your Dog to Jump Rope

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How to Train Your Dog to Jump Rope
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Time icon3-6 Weeks
Fun training category iconFun

Introduction

Teaching your dog to perform tricks is one of the many great things about having a furry four-legged friend. Even if you have seen videos of dogs who can jump rope, you might think training your dog this trick is beyond his ability. What might surprise you is that it is relatively easy to teach your furball to jump rope since most dogs tend to jump around as part of their daily lives. It could be jumping up on the couch, on the bed, or even jumping around while he his playing with your kids.

Training your pup to jump rope is a wonderful way to help him get the exercise he needs. More importantly, most dogs will find this to be a lot of fun. Bear in mind, you need to keep the safety of your dog in mind at every stage of the training process and at any time thereafter when your pup is jumping rope. You should also have your vet examine your pup to make sure he is healthy enough for this type of activity. 

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Defining Tasks

The command itself is simple, you can use 'jump', 'jump rope', or any other word you choose, just be sure to be consistent so as not to confuse your pup. You should wait until your pup has matured enough that his bones, muscles, and ligaments are fully formed to avoid the risk of injury. While you can do this with another person, when you are ready to use a jump rope, you may want to start out by tying one end of the rope to a stationary object to avoid extraneous distractions.

Be patient; your pup is likely to be distracted by the jump rope itself at first. It might take him a little time to get used to it. Remember, while jumping is quite natural, it can take a little time for your pup to learn what you expect of him. Keep training sessions fun and stress-free and before long, you and your pup will be the hit of the neighborhood. 

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Getting Started

Getting started training your dog to jump rope requires plenty of patience. Despite the fact jumping is a natural behavior in most dogs, training them to channel this energy and natural desire into a new trick will take time. You won't need much in the way of supplies, but you will need the following:

  • A stick: Some forms of training start out with a stick rather than a jump rope.
  • A jump rope: You'll need the real thing!
  • Treats:  To reward your dog for getting things right.
  • Time: It takes time to teach your dog new tricks.
  • Patience: You need to be patient while your pup learns his new trick.
  • Room to work: You need a nice quiet, distraction-free training space while he is learning.

Above all else, you need to make every training session as much fun as possible. The more fun you can make the training, the harder your dog is likely to work at learning his new skill. 

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The Direct Method

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Stand and jump

Have your dog stand in place, give him the 'jump' command. When he does, give him a treat.

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Tie the rope

Tie one end of the rope to a post or the fence.

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Move the rope around

Move the rope back and forth so your pup can get used to it.

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Almost a complete revolution

Using your end of the jump rope, swing it up and over your pup's head stopping it just short of his legs.

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Jump

At this point, give your pup the command to 'jump'. When he does, pass the rope under him.

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Repeat

Do this several times, each time using the 'jump' command.

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Keep it up

Gradually, you will be able to speed up the process until your pup can jump rope at speed.

The Stick Method

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Stick

Hold the stick out in front of you at a low height in one hand and a treat on the other.

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Encourage him to jump

Using the treat, encourage him to jump over the stick. When he does, give him the treat.

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Increase the height

Slowly increase the height of the stick until he literally has to jump to get over the stick for the treat.

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Move to the rope

Tie the end of the rope to a post and hold it at the height your pup is used to jumping and encourage him to jump over the rope. Give him a treat.

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Action in motion

Once he is used to jumping over the rope, start slowly moving the rope back and forth, having your pup jump over it.

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All the way

Time to swing the rope all the way around. Using the 'jump' command, your pup should easily clear the rope. In time, you should be able to increase speed and add a second person instead of the post.

The All Together Method

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All dogs can jump

Make sure you have taught your dog to jump on command.

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All together now

Start your dog off jumping and join in with the fun such that your jump signals your pup it's time to jump.

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Rope on ground

Lay the rope on the ground so your pup can get used to it.

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Time to start jumping

As the two of you jump, swish the rope through the air jumping up just as it comes by.

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Practice

Practice doing this until the entire movement becomes quite fluid.

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Be sure to reward

Be sure to reward your pup every time he gets it right and this will be a fun trick to show off with.

By PB Getz

Published: 10/20/2017, edited: 01/08/2021

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pitbull

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2 Years

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My dog is so stuborn. He isn't motivated to jump over the rope. all he wants to do is lay in the shade. He was distracted by the treats when I sat the bag on the table. At first I made him look at a stick about 7 feet away from the rope then I ran with the stick toward the rope and right before the rope I said "jump". I jumped to and he just stops and the rope most of time. When he does jump I give him the stick and he runs under the rope to the other side of the yard. I had the rope on the ground first and he would JUMP over that fine but when it is higher he isn't motivated? What should I do?

May 25, 2020

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Darlene Stott - Dog Trainer and Groomer

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It sounds as though you are doing the right steps. Keep positive and keep trying. You may want to teach Max to jump over a low hurdle first and then once he as that mastered, move to the rope. Reward him every time he succeeds with a high value treat and tons of verbal praise to encourage him. Keep the training sessions short and upbeat so that he does not get discouraged. Work in the cool hours of the day, don't try to train in the heat. Keep plenty of water nearby for hydration and after the training session is over, reward Max with a fun walk and some playtime. He'll associate the good things with the training session and be motivated to do more. Good luck!

May 26, 2020


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