How to Get Your Dog to Jump Poles

Getting your dog to jump over poles is easier done then even said, though if you set up a jump, and even con with a treat, the dog will jump it, build up to the jumps from a bit of flat work.

Steps

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    Search your house for light poles that are thick, but not heavy. Any pole of a good length is good. Collect 6-7.
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    Find an open space - for instance, I use the side of my house, and take your poles to that designated area.
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    Lay the poles out on the ground, it does not matter the amount, as long as there is at least three.
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    Count three dog lengthy strides from the first pole, and place the second one, continue to do this until all your poles have been laid out. Have your dog on a leash for all activities.
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    Take your dog across the poles several times, and readjust the pole length if you were off, try to make sure you take the designated stride amounts by counting them between poles.
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    Remove the poles and place them to the side. Following that, allow your dog to take necessary steps, a little reward, a drink, a pee, a poop, a whatever.
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    Following that, walk three steps forward, and turn to go on a diagonal line to the other side, then three steps, and diagonally go back to the other side. Continue this.
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    After getting that done well, continue by walking the three steps, and trotting the diagonals, walking the three steps, trotting the diagonals, and then switching it up. Attempt to do such from a canter as well.
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    Upon completion of this, look around your house for things to hold up jumps, even outside items work such as dog house roofs, tree branches, etc. Horse owners - standards work perfectly for this.
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    Set up a SMALL jump. Even a one foot three jump, use a measuring tape and write down ALL progress, from flat work to basic jumping.
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    Once the jump is set, go back a few feet. Hold the lease close and tight, but not straining the dog if under a choke collar. Pick a small walk, and move to a basic trot, encourage with treats, kissing noises, etc., but make sure you are going to reward him.
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    Coming up to the jump, walk towards the side (not suggested when first teaching) and even squeeze a small part of the dog under his leg. Your dog may refuse, if so, lower it a tad, even stacking a few piece of wood together makes a good, small jump.
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    Encourage, encourage, encourage. Take things slowly, don't rush to larger jumps, build your way up slowly, and start young!

Tips

  • If this is a puppy you are training he will be playful. Start with flatwork and work up inch by inch.
  • Don't ever overdo it - dogs don't sweat like humans - they pant, if you notice that, allow for a drink, a little rest and a piece of food.
  • Reward. Allow for water drinks. Pee breaks. Poop breaks. Allow it.

Warnings

  • Don't overfeed your dog. Unhealthy. Feed him his supper and his breakfast as you train.
  • Don't get too excited for a jump. Your dog my refuse, and if you're on loosely, you may fall over the jump, harm your dog or even harm yourself. Jump with the dog, not before, not after, and rarely to the side.

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Categories: Dog Tricks