Overcoming obstacles is a very important skill. I’ll clarify that various obstacles require the development of different jumping techniques. For example, a narrow, relatively low metal fence is overcome by jumping, while at the same time, all four legs hang in the air. Otherwise, the dog overcomes the “deaf” high barrier, having previously climbed it from the start, clinging to its front paws and only then pulling up the back of the body. In about the same way, dogs jump onto wide parapets or into the back of a truck. Overweight dogs can overcome obstacles easier than a representative of heavy and loose breeds. Therefore, do not try to repeat with your mastiff the achievements of the Doberman champion.
At first, you will have to jump with the dog, starting from a height of 10-15 cm. It is very easy to teach the Barrier! Team to a bold and physically developed puppy, keen on the game. Run with him and overcome the obstacle as if by chance. If the puppy independently jumped, give the command “after”. Do the same when overcoming a shallow groove about 20 cm wide. If the dog is persistently avoiding a jump, guide it with a leash. Continue reading