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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:
- 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.
The Direct Method
Stand and jump
Have your dog stand in place, give him the 'jump' command. When he does, give him a treat.
Tie the rope
Tie one end of the rope to a post or the fence.
Move the rope around
Move the rope back and forth so your pup can get used to it.
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.
At this point, give your pup the command to 'jump'. When he does, pass the rope under him.
Do this several times, each time using the 'jump' command.
Keep it up
Gradually, you will be able to speed up the process until your pup can jump rope at speed.
The Stick Method
Hold the stick out in front of you at a low height in one hand and a treat on the other.
Encourage him to jump
Using the treat, encourage him to jump over the stick. When he does, give him the treat.
Increase the height
Slowly increase the height of the stick until he literally has to jump to get over the stick for the treat.
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.
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.
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
All dogs can jump
Make sure you have taught your dog to jump on command.
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.
Rope on ground
Lay the rope on the ground so your pup can get used to it.
Time to start jumping
As the two of you jump, swish the rope through the air jumping up just as it comes by.
Practice doing this until the entire movement becomes quite fluid.
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