Dog Manual

Lesson Eleven - Long or Broad Jump

THE COMMAND—Same as in Lesson No. 10—OVER The execution of this exercise, which is related to the high jump, is identical with that of the previous lesson, except that a trench about one foot deep is used. Naturally trenches cannot be dug indoors, nor outdoors either without ruining lawns and yards, consequently boards will serve the purpose if built up to a height of about one foot. It is advisable in the beginning to use two boards placed closely together. As the dog has become accustomed to the command OVER, he will follow the guide without difficulty when the latter steps over the board obstacle and at the same time issues the command.

Walk over the obstacle again, then next time pass around it, commanding the dog to jump in the same manner at that employed in executing the high jump. As soon as the dog has learned to make the jump without touching the boards, widen the space between them to about six inches.

Two boards are used in the beginning, with more
added gradually.

Placing the boards upright as shown  will 
prevent the  dog from stepping on them as he goes over.

CORRECT: SIT-STAY in front of boards.


When the dog has learned to clear this jump correctly, gradually increase the distance between the boards to two or three feet until finally, for a dog of medium size, the limit of the six-foot breadth is reached. The space between the boards of course should vary in proportion to the size of the dog, but should never exceed six feet. What is more, additional boards will be needed, when extending the distance, to prevent the dog from landing between them.

Guide beside the board as required in dog-shows.

Occasionally the dog will clear the jump successfully but will step on the boards. This is not considered a clean jump and must be prevented. If the fault continues, place the boards sidewise, instead of flat, in order to provide as little surface as possible for the dog to step on. Execute the lesson at a rapid pace.  The limit distance of six feet should not be used in the beginning, for the temptation to step on the boards will prove too much and the dog may for that reason alone develop into an "unclean" jumper.

This lesson may be used in connection with previous exercises, at no definite point in the exercises but started before the dog has grown tired. With this much experience behind him, the guide should be able to recognize signs of weariness in his dog: he should be able to sense aversion to the exercise brought about possibly by overexertion.

To complete the exercise, the guide should stop in front of the board, the dog sitting at his left. At the command OVER, the dog should jump, then return to the sitting position before him. At the command HEEL he should swing to the guide's left or into the original position.