Retrieve over High Jump Classroom

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During the ROH, the handler and dog will move to a position in front of the high jump and the dog will sit in heel position. On order from the Judge, the handler may give the dog a command and/or signal to stay and then throw the dumbbell over the jump. The dog, on command, must go directly to and jump over the jump, take the dumbbell, return over the jump with the dumbbell in his mouth and sit in front of the handler. The dog must not touch the jump while jumping it in either direction. On his return, the dog must sit directly in front of the handler and hold the dumbbell until the Judge orders the handler to ‘Take it”. The dog must remain sitting in front of the handler until the Judge orders ‘Finish’. On the handler’s command, the dog must go briskly into heel position and sit.

The dumbbell should fit properly in the dog’s mouth. If the dumbbell is too wide, it will wobble in the dog’s mouth. If the dumbbell is too short, it will be uncomfortable on his cheeks and possibly pinch his mouth. A dumbbell that shows ragged edges, pits from chewing, etc. indicates to the judge that the dog may mouth or chew the dumbbell. Points can be taken off if the dog mouths or chews on the dumbbell while holding it. Mouthing can be common in some breeds.

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Visualization
On command, your dog should leave your side, go over the jump and directly to the dumbbell, turn around looking for your location, come back over the jump and sit in front of you. Your dog should hold the dumbbell with out mouthing and release the DB when requested.
STEPS TO SUCCESS

Begin teaching this exercise by teaching your dog to go over the jump WITHOUT the dumbbell.  Set the jump very low, 4-8”.

Level 1 – Introduction

  • With your dog at your side, step over the the jump.
  • Once your dog is comfortable with going over the jump as you step over it, place your dog on a sit about 4 feet in front of the jump.
  • Tell your dog to stay and walk to the other side of the jump by stepping over the jump.
  • Continue walking beyond the jump about 6-10 feet then turn around and face your dog.
  • Call your dog to you and reward him with a game of tug or jumping up for a treat. (You may use your recall word or a jump word such as “hup” or “over”).
  • PRAISE YOUR DOG FOR COMMITTING TO THE JUMP!
  • There is no front at this level.
  • Once your dog becomes confident sitting and jumping with you directly in front of the jump, put your dog in a sit to the right or left side of the center line of the jump.
  • Again walk to the other side of the jump, step over the jump, turn and face your dog, and call you dog to you.
  • Point to the jump if needed. If your dog goes around the jump, simply show your dog the correct way to perform the skill and try again.
  • This begins to teach your dog to “look” for the jump.
  • Once your dog will confidently jump the high jump and come to you it is time to go to Level 2 and add the dumbbell (DB).


End Goal – For your dog to look for and jump a low high jump.

Level 2 – Facing and calling your dog

The dumbbell (DB) in your dog’s mouth changes your dog’s balance and how your dog must accommodate the additional weight when jumping. Level 2 teaches your dog to jump with the DB in his mouth. The high jump is still low, 4-8”.

  • Put your dog on a sit in front of the high hump.
  • Place the DB in your dog’s mouth.
  • Leave your dog in a sit 6-10 feet behind the jump, walk to the other side of the jump by walking over the jump, turn around and face your dog.
  • Call your dog to you. (You may use your recall word or a jump word such as “hup” or “over”). PRAISE YOUR DOG FOR COMMITTING TO THE JUMP.
  • Greet your dog with verbal praise as you remove the DB from your dog’s mouth and reward your dog with play or several treats.
  • NOTE: There is still not a front added at this level.
  • As your dog gains confidence, offset him from the front of the jump so he will learn to look for and take the jump.
  • When working on offset jumping, be sure to place your dog slightly off the center line of the jump and gradually increase the distance off side.
  • Also make sure that you place him off side on both the right and left sides of the jump.


End Goal – For your dog to hold DB, look for and jump a low high jump.

Level 3 – Jumping and picking up the dumbbell

This step teaches your dog to jump the jump, pick up DB, and bring it to you. it is important to spend time extra at this level if your dog is driven or hits the DB with his feet. The high jump is still low, 4-8”.

  • Place your dog on a sit in front of the jump.
  • Leave your dog and walk to the other side of the jump.
  • Place your DB on the ground about 6-10’ past the jump.
  • Stand behind the DB about 2-4 feet.
  • Call your dog. (You may use your recall word or a jump word such as “hup” or “over”).
  • PRAISE YOUR DOG FOR COMMITTING TO THE JUMP. (If needed point to the DB so your dog sees it on the ground).
  • As your dog goes over the jump, point to the DB if needed and command your dog to pick up the DB (take).
  • As your dog takes the DB, take a step or two backwards to draw your dog to you.
  • Greet your dog with verbal praise as you remove the DB from your dog’s mouth.
  • Reward you dog with play or treats.
  • NOTE: There is still not a front at this level.

End Goal – For your dog to look for, jump a low high jump, look for the DB and come to you.

Level 4 – Retrieving the dumbbell

This level teaches your dog to jump the high jump, pick up the DB, look for and go back over the jump, and bring you the DB.

  • Place your dog on a sit with the high jump set low, 4-8”.
  • Leave your dog and walk to the other side of the jump with the DB.
  • Place the DB on the ground about 6-10 feet past the high jump.
  • Return to your dog.
  • Give your dog your “jump” command.
  • As your dog is taking the jump, remind him to “take” the DB.
  • After your dog has picked up the DB, remind your dog to “jump” the high jump by repeating your “jump” command.
  • Greet your dog with verbal praise as you remove the DB from your dog’s mouth.
  • Reward your dog with play or treats.
  • Remind your dog to “jump, take it , jump”.
  • NOTE: There is not a front added at this level.

Variation of this level. Once your dog is confidently going over the jump, picking up the DB, jumping back over the jump and returning to you, place the DB slightly of the center line of the jump. Remind your dog to “jump, take it, jump”. Start to randomly drop the extra commands as your dog gains confidence and the ability to look for and take the jump with the DB.

End Goal – For your dog to look for and jump a low high jump, pick up the DB and return over the jump and come to you.

Level 5 – Throwing the dumbbell

Add throwing the DB only after your dog is successful with all the previous levels. The height jump is still low, 4-8”.

  • Have your dog sitting in heel position 8-10 feet in front of the jump.
  • Throw the DB over the jump. (I prefer that my dog to looks back at me before I send him for the DB).
  • Send your dog with your “jump” command followed by “take” and then “jump”.
  • Wean off the extra commands as your dog understands his job.
  • Start adding fronts at this level.
  • When adding a front, remind your dog that you are expecting a front by saying his “front” command once he has cleared the jump and is heading towards you.

End Goal – For your dog to look for and jump a low high jump, retrieve the DB, come back over the high jump and return to you and front.

Trouble Shooting
Your dog starts toward the jump, then stops and refuses to jump

  • First check with your Vet to make sure your dog is not having any physical problems. If all is fine, go back and review levels 1-4 to make sure your dog understand to jump when set in line with the jump as well as off sides.

Your dog returns without the dumbbell

  • When your dog starts back without the dumbbell, mark the error with a none reward marker and stop the exercise. Calmly go out to your dog and remind him to “take” the DB and then to jump the jump. Go back and repeat Level 3 and 4 to insure your dog understands his job.

Your dog picks up the dumbbell but doesn’t jump coming back

  • If your DB makes a bounce to the side of the jump, be prepared to give an additional jump command during the teaching stages. If you are proofing offside throws and your dog comes back around the jump, mark the error with a none reward marker and stop the exercise. Repeat by either re-throwing the DB or placing the DB in the same spot as in level 3 and 4.

Proofing
The following are some proofing ideas from “Success is in the Proofing”. The book covers the how to’s and why’s of proofing for all levels from Novice to Utility.

Here are a few ideas;

  • Off side throws
  • After your throw, give a command other than your retrieve command or pivot to the right or left BEFORE sending your dog.
  • Place obstacles in and around the jump so that your dog has to go around them to get to the jump. Chairs or trashcans work well for this proofing exercise.
  • Have your dog face backwards or side-ways to the jump after you have throw the DB but before you send your dog over the jump.

Note: if your dog makes a mistake, mark the error and show your dog how to be correct. Start with easy proofing and gradually add difficulty as your dog becomes a STAR.

For some proofing ideas see “Success is in the Proofing.” The book covers the how to’s and why’s of proofing for all levels from Novice to Utility.

PDF Files to help your training!
Problem Solving PDF
Training Log PDF
Points to Remember PDF

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