Not suitable for dogs with musculoskeletal problems
Teaching your dog to jump onto your arms is not difficult at all, but it does take some physical effort from both the dog and you. It shouldn’t be difficult to do this with a small, light dog, but if you have a medium to large dog, first make sure that both can do the job.
For large, heavy pets and those who have diseases of the musculoskeletal system, this exercise will not be easy, so it is better to refuse to study it. As for the trainer, he must have some skill – it is required to very deftly catch the dog and, having caught, do not drop the animal and do not fall himself.
The content of the article
- Simplified learning path
- Standard learning path
Simplified learning path
If you have a small, active dog that tends to jump into the air for joy, then follow the abbreviated training pattern. Stand in front of your pet and tease him to such an extent that he starts jumping up with excitement. Catch the moment while jumping and simply grab the dog in your arms. Praise and encourage her right away by saying “On the hands”.
Usually, the pet very quickly understands the essence of the exercise and each time tries to jump more accurately.
When doing this trick, try not to drop your dog. Otherwise, she will be afraid to jump into your arms and ultimately lose the desire to practice.
Standard learning path
When teaching your dog to jump onto your arms using the standard pattern, proceed in stages. Practice each step until the dog does it flawlessly, and only then move on to the next.
- Step 1: First, teach your dog to jump into your arms when you are sitting on the floor. To do this, sit on the floor with outstretched legs, place the dog to your left, and take the treat in your right hand. Use a treat to encourage her to climb on top of you. When all the paws of the dog are in your lap, say “On the arms”, gently press it to you with your free hand and give a piece. Repeat the exercise several times.
- Step 2: When the previous step is done well, sit in a chair and teach your dog to jump off the floor into your lap. To do this, order your pet to take a position to your left and command “Handle”. Help him do the exercise – raise your right hand with a treat and swipe from left to right, showing the trajectory. When the dog jumps, support it with your left hand and reward. Then place it gently on the floor. Repeat the exercise several times and when the pet begins to perform the trick accurately, proceed to the next step.
- Step 3: Now practice the exercise in a half-seated position. Follow the familiar pattern: place the dog on the left, say “On the handles” and use a treat to make it jump. Even if the jump turned out to be not very high, grab it with your hands and, while holding it, give it a treat. Then go down and repeat the trick.
- Step 4: If you and your dog have enough physical ability, then gradually straighten your knees and get the dog to jump into his arms when you are standing upright.
If you wish, you can replace the command “On handles” with something more original, for example, “Save the mouse!”.