Teaching Your Dog to Jump Over Things

This post is part of the series Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics

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  3. Beyond the Basics: Quiet Dog Training Command
Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog to Jump Over Things
Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog to Jump Over Things

Hiking, or walking in the woods with the dogs is a favorite past time for us.  At least in the warmer weather.  This time of year even getting some of the dogs to go outside to potty can be a challenge.  But in the warmer weather we spend a lot of time in the woods.  Walking in the woods, on untended trails, with dogs on leashes, can also be a challenge.  It never fails that they go under the downed tree, while I go over it.  And as someone deathly afraid of spiders, reaching under fallen trees, to untangle the leash, is not one of my favorite things to do.  By teaching your dog to jump over things, you can avoid having to stick your hand in places like that.

It’s one of those dog training commands that aren’t necessary to have a well-mannered dog, but come in quite handy in certain situations.  Or if you want to train your dog for agility courses.

Size Matters: Teaching Your Dog to Jump Over Things

We usually work on this when we’re in the woods and come to yet another downed tree.  We have hundreds of them on our hilltop.  The wind wipes them out by the dozens every year.  And they never fail to fall right across our trails.  Which means either not using the trails until the Man of the House gets home, sometimes weeks later, or learning to deal with the obstacles.

Obviously teaching your dog to jump over things isn’t as easy as some commands.  And a lot of it depends on the dogs size, age and ability.  Our Jack Russell Terriers can jump over obstacles a lot bigger and higher than our elderly Miniature Pinschers, or Cami, The Wonder Pup, with her little two inch long legs.  The JRTs can often jump over things that even I can’t make it over.  We pat our chests and they can jump up into our arms from a sitting position.

So keep in mind your dog’s size and ability when you choose objects to use for teaching your dog to jump over things.  Start small and work up to higher, or bigger objects.  Starting with something low, that your dog can’t go under makes it easier until your dog learns to jump over things.

Getting started: Teaching Your Dog to Jump Over Things

So pick your obstacle, or go out and find a downed tree on your walking trails.  But don’t forget your high-value [amazon_textlink asin=’B00CW4QKZQ’ text=’dog training treats’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thefosterp0bc-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e28386b2-fb08-11e7-849b-bf8dde80ccb1′]!  They are almost always a must when it comes to dog training sessions.

To start teaching your do to jump over things, guide your dog to the obstacle to be jumped.  We start by lifting them over the object, which is easier with our small dogs.  And immediately give them a treat. If your dog is on the larger size, lifting them over the obstacle might be difficult.  Try to urge them over by tossing a treat over the object, or demonstrate the behavior you want yourself.

Once your dog realizes you want him to go over the obstacle, praise and reward him for jumping over the object.

Add in your command word, and hand signal, if you wish, once he gets the hang of it.

Once you’ve mastered the first object, or obstacle.  Try moving on to other things to jump over.

Practice makes perfect.  And the exercise is good for your dog.  Just don’t make the obstacles too difficult for him to jump over.  And keep the training sessions short and fun.  Too much jumping, or jumping over something too big can cause injury to your dog.  Or in our case, usually to me, the crazy lady jumping over the log, showing the dog what to do.  I’m definitely not as agile as any of our dogs, even the senior ones.

This post is part of the series Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics

Other posts in this series:

  1. Dog Training: Greet Visitors Calmly
  2. 14 Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics
  3. Beyond the Basics: Quiet Dog Training Command

 

 

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