Jumping over the leg is a simple exercise that will especially appeal to dogs who love to jump. However, like all jumping tricks, this exercise has some limitations: it is not suitable for animals with musculoskeletal disorders and puppies, as jumping badly affects their fragile joints.
Before starting training decide how you will reward your dog – a toy or a treat. If play is enough for your dog to motivate, then use his favorite toy, if he prefers to work for food, stock up on treats.
Please note that you should start training at the lowest height (even if you have a large dog). If you lift your leg too high, then instead of jumping over, the pet can pass under it or lean on it with its paws.
To teach your dog to jump over the leg, follow the diagram below.
We teach jumping over the leg step by step
Squat down and rest your foot against a tree or wall to create restraints on either side of your leg (you are on one side, the wall on the other). In this position, the dog will not jump obliquely or otherwise deviate during the jump.
Place or sit your dog in front of the resulting bar and show him the treat.
Now sweep the treat across your leg, prompting the dog to jump. Say “Hop” the moment she is about to take the jump. When the pet does everything right, praise him and give the treat. Repeat the exercise several times.
When the dog is ideally at a low height, start putting your foot a little higher. Do this very slowly. Do not move to a new height until the pet is flawlessly jumping the current one.
When the exercise is fully mastered, remove the wall restraint. Raise your leg in the air and say “Hop” to make the dog jump.
- If you have a small dog, put one foot on the other so that a hole forms in the knee area. Invite your dog to jump into it.
- Stand with your leg extended and teach your dog to run around you by jumping over the leg. To do this, combine the “Turn” and “Hop” commands.
- Teach your dog to jump over your hand. The training pattern is similar to the leg exercise.
- Sit on the floor with your arms out to the sides. Order your dog to run around you, alternately jumping over the arms.