Broad Jump

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Try putting the smallest AKC broad jump board (on it's side, so that it's tall rather than flat) across a doorway at home, preferably one the dog uses all the time. Let her get used to popping over it for a treat, and just in daily life, for a few days until she does so with confidence. Then move it to a different doorway and repeat. When she'll do this in several locations inside, put it in the middle of a room and get her to go over it for treats. You may need to gently hold her collar to prevent her from going around it at first. Then take it outdoors, etc. Once she'll jump it anywhere, put it flat, use the same command, and she should go over it. If not, flatten it in stages, first tilting it a little down, then a little more, etc.

As soon as she reliably jumps one flat board, add another, but tuck the small board under the second board so that she jumps just the slightly taller board. Then slowly over time slide the smaller board out, making a broader broad jump.

This seems very slow, and it may be, but sometimes dogs just get a glitch on something and need us to work them very carefully through it in the tiniest possible steps.
(Pam Hartley)

No broad jump work all by itself until the problem begins to resolve; always have a jump before and a jump after to encourage momentum. Immediately reward the dog after the final jump (regardless of what may have transpired at the broad jump) for the first few training sessions, then begin randomizing the reward and/or withholding reward if the dog fails to perform the broad jump.

Take the jump in the 'wrong' direction - it is more difficult for the dog to walk on it or hop between boards if the boards slope down away from them.(Janet Gauntt)


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