6 Steps to Teaching Your Dog to Jump Through a Hoop – Petful
Have you gone through all the training basics and are looking for a way to “up your game” with some new dog tricks? How does teaching your dog to jump through a hoop sound?
Finding new activities to keep your dog active, both mentally and physically, is the perfect way to spend time together. Follow the steps below to get started today.
What You’ll Need
1. Introduce the Hoop
Instead of bringing the hoop to them, let your dog approach it on their own. For a few days leading up to the official start of training, leave the hoop out. Keep it in a corner, leaning up against the wall or on the floor. Your dog will naturally approach the hoop out of curiosity.
By familiarizing them with it ahead of time, once you initiate training, your dog shouldn’t be
2. Get Comfortable
After your dog is familiar with the hoop, it’s time to get them comfortable moving in and around it.
Head outside with your dog, the treats and the hoop. Gently place the hoop on the ground and wait for your dog to approach and sniff it. Avoid luring them to it in any way.
As soon as your dog approaches the hoop on their own — even if it’s just for a quick sniff — hand them a treat and
After they’ve learned they’ll get a treat for approaching the hoop, start rewarding them only when they steps inside it. Remember, the hoop should still be flat on the ground at this point. Anytime they step even 1 paw inside it, give them
Continue this progression until they’re stepping all 4 paws inside the hoop.
3. Gradually Lift
As soon as your dog is stepping completely into the flat hoop in hopes of getting a treat, it’s time to start lifting it up.
As with every training process, start slowly. Lift 1 side of the hoop a few inches off the ground using your foot or a rock. Repeat the previous treat process all over again, this time rewarding them
If you need to backtrack and start with rewards just for approaching the lifted hoop, that’s fine. Patience is key here.
As your dog gets comfortable with the lifted hoop, continue repeating this process until 1 side of the hoop is at a 45-degree angle to the ground.
4. Walk Through
The next step is teaching your dog to walk through the hoop. At this point, the hoop should still be touching the ground, but keep it vertical by holding it up with your hand or a prop.
Using treats and praise, it’s time to
If they’ve gotten to this point in the process, it shouldn’t take them too long to get comfortable walking through the hoop. Once they are, you can confidently move on to actual jumping.
5. Jump Through
Lift the vertical hoop about 1 inch off the ground so your dog has to step over it, still at a walking pace. As they step over the hoop,
Watch these papillons gracefully glide through the hoop:
6. Raise the Hoop
Continue this process while gradually lifting the hoop higher and higher. If your dog reaches a sticking point where they won’t proceed, backtrack 1 step. Lower the hoop a bit and keep going.
After a few sessions of actual jumping through the hoop, you should be able to start eliminating the treats and just use praise.
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