How To Train A Dog To Jump Over Hurdles

How To Train A Dog To Jump Over Hurdles

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

This is fun! Teaching your dog to jump over hurdles is addictive, a big part of competitive agility training hurdles will both use up your dogs energy and encourage him to focus on you.

  1. Start with a low hurdle up to your dogs knees and ask him to wait facing the jump whilst you walk around it and turn to face him. Show your dog a treat.
  2. Now call your dog over the jump and as he leaves the ground reinforce and give him the treat as he reaches you.
  3. Introduce your command word.
  4. Practice a few times then raise the height of the jump gradually ensuring that your dog can cope with the height before you make it higher still.

Top tip; if your dog goes around the hurdle put him on a light leash to encourage him to go over the jump instead.

Dog trainers love this trick because it encourages focus whilst improving stamina and fitness.

Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover and the founder of Success Dogs. For more than a decade, he has served as a coach to thousands of dog owners around the world to better train, communicate and forge a stronger bond with their dog using positive and force-free training methods.