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Teaching the New Obedience Dog: Let's Start Jumping!
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If you’ve been following the series of messages about Training the New Obedience Dog, you’ve had an opportunity to introduce your dog to skills that will form a solid foundation for your dog.

If you’ve been following along, your dog has learned the following tasks:
Using Luring and Rewarding:
Sit, Spin, Down, Finish, Stand, Back-up, Front, Heel, and Touch 

Conditioned Reinforcer:  
Place, Moving Around a Cone
Holding a Long Line, Dr
Iagging a Long Line, Sit/Stay with Come Using a Toy as a Distraction and Reward
Retrieving Using Place as a Starting and Ending Position
You are off to a great start!
What’s next?

I divide obedience exercises into five skill sets:
  1.   Stationary
  2.   Recall
  3.   Heeling
  4.   Retrieving
  5.   Jumping
Transition to Coming Without a Leash

When your dog’s recall is reliable while dragging a long line, it is time to shorten the line or let me drag a leash. When your dog’s “Come” is reliable when dragging a leash, you can replace it with a sturdy string on your dog’s collar.

(Video #12) Watch how these dogs learn to “Come” without a leash.

Additionally, don’t forget to practice “Come,” using your toy as a distraction and as a reward. 
  (Video #9)

Jumping Skills

This week, I want you to introduce your dog to the bar and high jumps.

Begin by setting the jump no more than the height of your dog’s elbow. Walk with your dog over the jump while on a leash. As soon as he is comfortable jumping over both jumps, the next step is to walk your dog over the jump off-leash.

If you remove the leash and your dog goes around the jump, or jumps and keeps running, you must be able to call him back to you.

Your ability to work on jumping skills will be limited until you have a reliable “Come” command. Make practicing the "Come" a priority!

(Video #13) Watch Thad and Sputnik practicing their jumping skills.

Learning that Attention is Required

Finally, we have one more skill that is crucial to your continued success. You need to teach your dog that paying attention is required. You would expect your child to pay attention to his teacher. Your dog needs to pay attention to his teacher, you!

(Video #14) Watch Thad and Sputnik learn that there are consequences for not paying attention.


Do you have questions about the skills I’ve introduced in this series? Do you want more information about them. If so, please join me for a webinar on September 12 at 7:00 pm.

Don't worry if you are not available on September 12th, a video of the webinar will be available for anyone that purchases the webinar. You will be able to watch the video at your convenience and as many times as you need to.

Please feel free to send me questions you’d like me to answer during the webinar.