Want to teach your dog a cool trick that is easy to teach? This instructable will teach you how to teach your dog to jump through a hula hoop.
What you'll need:
2. Hula hoop
3. Treats that your dog loves
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Step 1: Find an Area
First off, find an area that your dog is used to, and comfortable in with enough space. You can't really teach this trick if your dog is on a leash, so a good place to teach this trick is in a fenced in backyard or in the house. Remove all distractions in the area, like balls, toys, cats etc. Bring in your dog, treats, and hula hoop, and let your dog sniff around a bit and get settled down. Hold the hoop so the bottom touches the ground in one hand, in the other hold a treat on the opposite side of the hoop as the dog. Try to lead your dog through the hoop with the treat, only give him the treat if he goes through the hoop. Your dog should only be walking through the hoop at this point, not jumping.
Step 2: Jumping!
After repeating step 1 several times, your dog might be ready to start jumping. Hold the hoop off the ground about 1-2", not that much, you dont want to overwhelm your dog. Try to lead your dog through the hoop again, only give him the treat if he goes through the hoop. If he goes around the hoop, make him try again. If your dog just won't do it, put the hoop back on the ground again and repeat step 1 several more times. If your dog jumps through the hoop, then keep repeating this step. After doing this several times, don't hold out a treat for your dog, keep it in your pocket. If your dog jumps through the hoop, take the treat out of your pocket and give it to him, if he doesn't go through the hoop then take out your treat again and lead him through the hoop with the treat several more times. Gradually get the hoop higher, but never higher than 2'. Also don't make your dog jump too much, he can develop bad leg problems. Now go out there and show off your cool new trick! Oh yeah, sorry I didn't get a pic of my dog in mid-air, it was too hard to get a good pic.