Training Questions Answered: Reckless Jumping

October 9, 2013 at 3:20 am 2 comments

The training questions have been pouring in and I’m so excited to get a chance to directly answer them! I’ll be answering a question a day for the next two weeks…maybe more if I don’t get through them all! I have to admit that for me, the most rewarding thing about teaching is seeing people overcome problems that they have really been struggling with.

Check out today’s great question about a dog who is jumping recklessly and knocking bars when the handler accelerates. This is a problem my border collie Heist has struggled with at times (although unlike our malinois subject, he has never gotten a jump wing stuck around him!). Here are some tips that I have found made a big difference to his self awareness and sensitivities to my acceleration.

I hope this video helps give some insight for those of you struggling with dogs that are jumping recklessly.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the next segment in the Your Agility Questions Answered! series.

Do you have a question you’d like me to answer? I’d love to hear from you! Submit your question at

Happy Training,

Jess Martin of Agile Dog Training

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  • 1. kandydumm  |  October 9, 2013 at 3:46 am

    what about dogs like my cattle dog rayray who dosnt seem to care and has no or very little impules controle

    • 2. agiledogtraining  |  October 10, 2013 at 1:21 am

      Hi Kandy, most dogs that don’t seem to care about bars are dogs that stress high. It’s easy to recognize stress in a dog that shuts down…but a high dog experiencing stress will usually take MORE bars after hitting one. I’d use the same technique mentioned here to help build understanding that you prefer the bars left up. It’s important to reward when they are left up and end the game when they come down. I always want to have more success than failure so there should always be more rewards than time outs! Hope this helps!


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