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Dog Blogging: Hula Hoop Jump

July 11th, 2009

Well, technically just one new trick, for the moment.

This video is from yesterday, today we successfully worked on getting some more height to her jumps. Some people want to know: How did you teach her that?

Teaching a dog anything is pretty easy, but it does take a fair amount of patience, because the dog has no idea what you’re asking her to do. I imagine that to her, I sound somewhat like the adults in the Charlie Brown specials. So the dog tries to guess, and you have to remain patient while she’s learning what you’re asking of her.

Since I’d taught Rumor to jump a small hurdle (usually some sort of cardboard box), or my arm (if I was kneeling and extended my arm) some time ago, this one was really a no-brainer. It took about 5 minutes to teach her that the hula hoop was just an extension of my arm. Now, I can hold the hoop away from my body and she’ll jump right through it.

And you have to start with the basics. Your dog will never jump through a flaming hoop, nor even a hula-hoop, if you haven’t taught her how to jump in the first place.

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