Teach Your Puppy to "Jump"

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					Teaching your puppy to jump is a fun command to have in your training arsenal and it will instill
confidence in your young companion. Many people assume that teaching a puppy to "jump" will
encourage them to inappropriately jump on furniture, people, or try to jump over the backyard
fence. This is a common yet false misconception.

Teaching your puppy to jump will provide boundaries of when it is acceptable and constructive
to jump and when it is not. If your puppy will grow into a medium to large breed dog, having a
jump command will prove useful for car rides and vet appointments.

Follow the 6 tips below to have your puppy jumping on command in no time at all.

1. Choose a jump command and be consistent using it. The command you choose is a personal
choice so decide if you want to use "jump", "hop", "over", "up", etc.

2. Puppies should never jump higher than their elbows.

3. Practice jumping on non- slippery surfaces and stay away from hard non- forgiving surfaces
like concrete.

4. Start off with an item or a board that is flat on the ground. Put your puppy on a flat collar and
on a leash. Place your left hand close to their collar and as you approach the board give your
command. Once both you and your pup have cleared the board allow slack in the leash and
immediately break into a trot. Do not forget to praise your puppy and get excited.

Repeat this three to four time max per session. At this stage your puppy may not actually
be "jumping" over the item on the ground but that is okay. You are teaching the command
and with it, associating fun and praise by running at the end of the activity. Running is fun for
puppies but it also relieves stress.

5. The next step is to place something low that your pup will actually have to jump over it. A
solid item is best. If your pup can see under the item their natural instinct will be to go under it
rather than over. Have someone else approach the jump with your pup. You should be on the
opposite side of the jump. Tap the object with your hand as they approach and give your puppy
the jump command. Back up excitedly to give your puppy enough space to safely clear the
object. Once your puppy is over the jump, transfer the leash and take off running.

DO NOT allow your puppy to go under the jump or go around the jump. Be ready because
they will try this. If need be stop, back up and start over. NO scolding - your puppy is learning
something new and you want this experience to be positive and fun.

6. After a few of the above sessions you are now ready to work to work together as a team. With
your puppy on a short leash and by your side, approach the hurdle and give your command.
Stay alongside your puppy and once up and over, jog away from the obstacle hooting and
hollering like a complete and total nut!

Keep your approach to the obstacle close. The obstacle should be relatively low so allow
just enough of a start to build up a tad of momentum. Remember to keep sessions brief and
fun. When your puppy understands the "jump" command it will be easier on both of you to
implement "no jumping".

Your puppy wants to please and will learn to jump quickly at your request if you are consistent
with your commands, your expectations and your training routines. Lead by example and "hop"
off that couch and take your pup outside for some fresh air, exercise and training fun.

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