Trick Tuesday: How to Train Your Dog to Jump Into Your Arms
Every Tuesday, I am going to try and blog about dog tricks. “Trick Tuesday” might include a trick tutorial video, a video of my dogs performing a newly learned trick, a written explanation of a trick, a neat trick that I’ve found and would like to try, etc.
I made this trick tutorial video, “How to train your dog to jump into your arms”, last fall. This is one of Kylie’s favorite tricks and it’s one that I use at the end of agility runs since the dog is then caught and ready to exit the course. Every dog that I have taught this trick to seems to enjoy performing it and it’s a fun trick that bystanders enjoy watching.
Before you begin training this trick, make sure of several things.
- Make sure that your dog is full-grown, is in good health with no soundness issues, and is in shape. Depending on the size of your dog and the height you are asking him to jump up, this trick can be physically demanding.
- Make sure that you are comfortable with picking your dog up off the ground, from a standstill. If your dog is too big/heavy for you to pick him up off the ground, you are definitely not going to want him to launch himself into your arms!
- As with any trick, adjust to your dog’s learning curve. Just like people, some dogs pick up things faster than others. The more positive and exciting you make training, the quicker your dog is going to learn and the happier he will be to work with you. And just like people, dogs have various attention spans. It’s better to break training up into many mini-sessions than to try and force feed everything in one big session. You know your dog – adjust to what fits!
Please let me know what you all think of “Trick Tuesday” and if you have any questions regarding any component of this trick, please ask! Hope you all enjoy!
Posted on June 28, 2011, in Diesel, Kylie, Trick Tuesday and tagged Aussie, Australian Shepherd, Dog Training, Dog Video, Positive Reinforcement, Trick Training, Trick Tutorial. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.