'Bounce' is a fun trick to teach to your puppy. Not only can it be a fun addition to a Canine Freestyle routine but it can also be a lot of fun for your pup to learn and good preparation for other, even more athletic tricks. Teaching Fido tricks is wonderful for your relationship, and it is great for his mental, emotional, and physical well being. On top of all of that, it's fun!
If your puppy is younger than one year of age, then be very careful while teaching this trick to him. Before the age of one year, dogs' joints and bones are more prone to injury. For this reason, keep your pup's jumps very low while he is young and do not allow him to twist or fall backward when he jumps up. Because of the risk of injury, also be sure to only teach this while he is standing on a secure, non-slippery, padded, yet firm, surface that can absorb the impact of his landing a bit. Such surfaces might include grassy areas, carpeted areas, rugs that do not slide, and possibly thick rubber mats that do not slide and are not slippery. If your puppy has ever broken a bone or has hip dysplasia or any other disorder that affects his bones, joints, or balance, then do not teach this trick or encourage jumping.
If your pup tends to jump on you, then be aware that teaching 'bounce' before you have gotten the jumping onto you under control might make the jumping even worse. You might need to wait until your puppy understands your rules better before you teach him this trick.
While teaching this trick, remember to have fun! Your pup's main motivation for jumping up and learning this trick will be the fun and rewards that you provide. The more motivated he is to jump up the quicker he will likely learn this trick.
If you are using 'The Toy Wiggle Method' then you will also need a couple of your pup's favorite toys. If you are using 'The Play Ball Method' then you will also need a ball and good aim. With all of the methods, you will need enthusiasm, excitement, patience, and a positive attitude.