Teach your dog to jump up in front of you. Practice multiple jumps. I need to teach jessie a hand signal so she can anticipate when the jump is coming. Unlike Lucy who does the cue almost as soon as it is given. “You are a little frog!” Laughing. Practice until the dog is doing consistent height jumps and ideally, jumping at the same time as you. Getting comfortable with the rope. Throw a treat or use a hand signal to get the dog over the rope. Dog jumps over and returns under the rope. Hold it with two hands. Gently throw the rope towards the dog. Transition to the rope coming from behind the dog. Putting them together. Good girl! I rewarded her anyway since she showed no fear when the rope touched her. But I don’t reward if there is no effort to jump. With sensitive dogs, it is important to avoid ‘poisoning’ the rope. Lucy has a natural knack for when to jump. She is worried about the rope at first though. Look at how high she tucks her back legs. I pretty sure she used my hands as the cue. It takes practice to develop your timing. Reward the dog if you goof up. If your dog is at physically sensitive, reward her if the rope hits her. Adding Number of Jumps in a Row First holding the rope. Yay! Good girl! Then using the rope. Two jumps At first allow a delay between the jumps Three jumps Five jumps Remember to throw in fewer jumps once in
awhile so the game does not always get more difficult. Kind of the a snakes and ladders game where you slide back to the beginning. Avoid doing too many jumps in a training session as it takes awhile to build up the muscles and may decrease the dog’s enthusiasm. Wait until the dog is at least eighteen
months old to train this to prevent joint damage. Nine jumps! Now speed the sequence of jumps starting back again with 2, then 3, 4, back to 2, and up to 5. You can see by my body language, I am compensating for a rope that is a little too short. See our “Equipment for Jump Rope” video. Click here.