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Old 09-30-2008, 08:45 AM
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Default Let's talk about the BROAD JUMP.

All you trainers out there.

I am about to start working this with Penny in preparation for taking her to Open.

How do you train this exercise?
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:55 AM
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I just got Kaiden and Dekka jumping it. Nice and straight by recalls over it. I would click while they were in the air so they really knew it was 'in the air' that was the important part.

Then I would set a pylon out 3 feet from the end of the BJ. Your dogs are bigger so if you tried this way you might want to go further. The dog has to go around the pylon to get the reward. This way you pattern train a straight jump so you don't get any pesky cutting of corners! You then trade the pylon for something smaller, then that for something smaller, till you fade it out. Then you have a dog who jumps straight, then turns back to come front.
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:25 AM
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For me, training the broad jump was pretty simple since Gunnar was already good at doing hurdles. We started with 2 of the barriers you lay on the floor, and kept adding them until he was doing the full distance. We used a cone like Dekka described to get him to not cut the corner on the come back to front part. It took 1 session to teach and 1 session to proof, maybe 30-45 minutes total.
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One thing that may also help once you have completed the recalls over the BJ, is to train seprately to go out and around a pole stuck in the ground or very large cone, since your dogs are big. Also off setting the marker (pole/cone) to the left a bit so the dog has a straight line back to you for the finish.
I would also start with one board and work up from there. And I would probably backchain it when putting it all together, once I had trained all the different eliments of it. With backchaining the dog always knows were it is going and therefore has a very high rate of being totally successful each time.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:24 PM
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Lynn I do back chain in a way. The dogs know how to front and finish. I get them confident with the BJ criteria first. Some dogs, esp those who have done ladder work need to really get the BJ. Then its just the cone and the front and finish.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:29 PM
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We were just talking about this at training the other day.

My friend said what she does is teaches one jump, then adds the second right next to it, and adds the rest, one by one. Once every jump is there and the dog is jumping them bunched together she then slowly puts space in between the jumps until the dog is jumping the full length.
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I back chained it and started with one board and me standing in front of it. I clicked her take off first and progressed to clicking her landing when she was extending over the jump.
We gradually worked up to 3 boards (what my dog jumps) before I started moving around the jump.
She's given it to me twice in competition now, two days in a row. I didn't enter her until I was absolutely sure she was confident and understood the behavior. Her front/finish isn't as solid as I would like yet, but we're getting there.
This is the end result: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRVE_QP-dSY and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aahn5xhBHPM
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:19 PM
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Thank you all for your replies, they have been very helpful!

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berlin's just starting the BJ (in a baby version, since she's only a year old)-

first, we did recalls over the broad jump straight to me, to get what "over" meant. then, i would stand on the side and tell her over, while tossing either a toy or a cookie straight out in front of her.
then, we move it so that once she lands, i call her and toss the cookie behind me, so she races past me, making a big U.

for some dogs really uncomfortable with it, we run past the bj with them.
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