This game is a great foundation for many skills and behaviors that you can use in everyday life, training or just having fun with your dog. Before you teach your dog many of the games or begin any classes, you need to teach your dog to jump to your left and right hand.
HOW TO TEACH
- To begin, hold one treat in your left hand and one treat in your right hand.
- Hold both treats in such a way that each will be clearly visible to your dog when the treat hand is “presented” to your dog.
- Keep your arms by your side until the treat/hand is “presented” to your dog.
- Simultaneously tell your dog to “get it” while moving your hand at a height where your dog is looking upward and where he can easily lift his front feet off the ground to take the treat from your hand.
- When you begin to teach your dog this game, keep the treat/hand low and close to your dog until he is easily jumping up to get the treat.
- Once your dog has jumped for the first treat, quickly turn toward your dog and present the treat with your other hand, giving your “get it” command.
- Repeat this sequence several times until your dog is jumping promptly and with enthusiasm.
- Once your dog is jumping to your hand with enthusiasm begin to wean off the treats by randomizing having a treat in your hand.
- HOLD your hand a distance from the ground that is comfortable for your dog to jump. This will help him develop the drive to react quickly each time you ask him to jump.
Lastly – Present your hand higher or further over time to encourage more speed in your dog’s response and additional height in the jump. The length of time it takes for your dog to learn to jump higher and with more speed will depend on your dog’s age, size and physical type. In addition, remember to wean off the treat in your hands.
* Have your dog jump from different positions (stand, sit, or down) as well as from in front, or from either side of you.
* Wean off the treat in your hand quickly so your dog will jump readily on your signal/verbal command.