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hey everyone. I have jumped my dog for nearly a year now and wanted to now if anyone else does this? its a great way for me to get him back into shape XD, and he is pretty good at it, and has jumped a meter before XD with much encouragement. I dont have the space to try and train for agility (i am not the greatest trainer haha) and so i started making jumps out of chairs and buckets with mops and brooms etc as the poles XD, then i went onto make some simple pvc jumps which work nicley. if you jump your dog then share :D
 

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My dog is very energetic and i am wondering if you can give me more info on it as i am trying to get my dog into agility and i not able to do so at this time. Ifo wouold be graetky appreciated
 

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hey :D i can try and help you as much as possible :D. i started out making little jumps out of chairs, buckets etc to try just for fun, plus it gave me a good idea of how high he could jump. As i didnt have the space for agility equipment, my dad and i just used some 3/4 inch pvs piping to make some simple jumps (i think i have the plans some where XD) which required some cutting and pvs elbows etc and that was it.

I trained him to jump by using his one weakness... food XD. I started by having quite a wide jump (a broom length) and i put the food in my hand and ran over the jump with him following me over to. I then rewarded and repeated until he would jump on his own. It didnt take very long at all, and he picked it up fairly quickley.

I cant remember how i measured the jump sizes for him, but i just went on how high i felt comfortable making him jump without damaging anything. That was about 90cm for him ( he is pretty tall, plus he rarely jumps that high). I found this website though that you can use :

The Agility FAQs - Miscellaneous, Jump Heights

On the pvc jumps i used three different heights so that i can constantly change it for him. And for an energetic dog i would try setting up a long course which has a fair distance between each jump as it really helps get them fit. Also i constantly change how we are jumping so its not the same thing he is doing. I dont have much space so i might do some simple jumps (one after another) or put them over a large distance. Sometimes i do courses that require him to listen to me. A favourite one of mine is a triangle that my dog has:
to jump the first one then run to the next corner
and jump the second jump then turn and jump that same one
then run to the final corner and jump the third jump then jump it again.

You can think of some great ones that get them thinking.
Just tell me if you need any more info :D good luck and i can give you the plans if you want :D
 

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Thanx very much. My boy is sa medium sized dog but can jump very high. I will try this with him and if i need more info i will let you know. Again thank you.
 

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hey, i take my rottie dog show jumping, she loves it. she can jump to 90cm too. i have entered her into about 5/6 shows and most of them i came 3rd. was a struggle learning her how to follow me and get used to my hand signals to send her to the jump. she is absolutely brilliant at it. but i only take her once every year now as she is 10 years old. well 70 in doggie years :(
 

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wow i never knew there were actual shows thats awesome :D. Yea right now im taking him back to hand signals as im trying to do more complex jumps and he isint picking them up. So its back to basics XD well he never really learnt them as it was my first time teaching a dog to jump so we are both learning XDGood luck in future shows :D
 

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Finding shows and meets

There are actuall shows! How do you find out where the shows are?
You might start by finding your local kennel club, they will generally have all the info on where to find what you are looking for, they are also generally the ones who provide any teaching you will need to get started.
 

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Do any of you have any pictures of your dogs show jumping? I was really into the horse world and used to jump with them, and this reminds me so much of horses!
 
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