Week Four: Hoops!
Teaching your dog to jump through hoops looks hard, but it’s really quite simple when you break it down.
1. Teach your dog to walk through a hoop that is touching the ground, this helps them learn that it’s not a scary thing (as Bonnie is learning in the photo).
2. Once they’ve got that down pat, lift the hoop a couple of centimetres off the ground and encourage them through again.
3. Place you foot and leg under the hoop (like in Cynder’s shot) and encourage your dog to jump ‘through’. Placing your foot under the hoop helps your dog to realise that they should go through, not under.
4. Once your dog is a pro, you can start lifting the hoop higher!
If your dog has a tendency to go around the hoop instead, place it up against a wall so they can only go through and not around.
Good luck, and have fun! Take your time and with consistent training your dog will be jumping hoops in no time