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.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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!
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