Teaching your dog to jump into your car can be a fun trick. Police K-9’s are trained to jump through ‘windows’ using a special hurdle, and it’s a challenge because the dog has to be extremely accurate. He has to jump straight through, and at the correct height, and for the big-tailed breeds, to be aware of his rudder!
If you train your dog to do this trick PLEASE be careful- the famous jump scene in Lassie was edited, and your dog cannot jump into or out of your house windows without risk of injury. That said, if your dog can jump the height, it’s an impressive way to get him in the car, provided you left the window down!
It’s a lovely sunny day, and you’re practicing in your yard for the trial this weekend. Your dog’s perfect, you’re perfect, and no matter what you send him over or through he gets it. You’re confident you’ll do great! Then Saturday morning comes, and it’s raining off and on despite the forecast showing a smiling sun! You look at your dog and he looks at you, and you wonder if he’s okay with running on a wet course in the rain. You’re nervous, and that makes him nervous, too.
While you can’t cure the rain, you can train in wet when it’s sunny, since training A-frames in thundershowers might be a bit dangerous! One of the things you can do is practice on “Water Obstacles” so your dog is used to running around dripping and working on wet surfaces. The best way to introduce your dog to a water obstacle is to not use any water at first. Then turn the hose on only a little for a small stream. If you do it gradually, and make it fun, soon your dog will be bravely charging over and through walls of water like this dog in the video.
As you know, each time you do a trial, the obstacles are put in a different order. You never know what you’ll get until you get there! When you set up your obstacles at home, it is important to frequently change the order, and to have a plan. If you don’t, you and your dog will just run around willy-nilly and your dog will learn to just do as he pleases. Numbered cones help to develop a sequence, as well as having a starting point and an ending point.Sometimes where you start and end can change the whole experience!
Set up marker poles to replicate a real trial. It will help your dog to know what he’s getting into. And as far as having a plan, there are many great resources and ideas for courses that are free for trying. Click here to read more, and check here for training a great start!
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