Imagine entertaining your family and friends as your clever pooch jumps through a hula hoop on command. Drum roll please... your dog runs, launches, and glides effortlessly through a colorful hoop, just like a circus dog! Ok maybe not quite; don’t give up your day job, but, a hula hoop adds a fun dimension to the jump trick. It is visually exciting and fun for dogs and spectators alike. You can even decorate your hula hoop and put a matching color on your dog's collar or harness for a little more razzle-dazzle. Your dog will be a show business star in no time!
Make sure, prior to training, that you have a surface with good traction, such as a carpeting, a rubber mat, or grass, not linoleum or hardwood, so your dog does not slip when jumping. You will need a hula hoop, which you can get from a toy store or dog agility supply stores, and lots of treats to reward success. Treats will be appreciated by your dog and make this a fun trick for your dog to learn. Also, make sure your dog does not have any joint or orthopedic problems that would make this trick too difficult for him or cause further strain or injury. Sessions should be kept short, from 5-15 minutes long. If your dog shows signs of fatigue, stop immediately and proceed another time.