Broad Jump

Cue: Hand signal.

Description: As described in the AKC regs, on cue, dog will leave a sit-stay, jump the broad jump, and return to front.


  • Behavior specifics: Jump size determined by AKC regs.
  • Distance: Respond to cue up to 10 feet from jump or handler.
  • Latency: Immediate.
  • Position: Jump, handler, and dog position is specified in regs. However, none of those should be limited to the set-up defined in the regs.
  • Locations: Everywhere.
  • Distractions: Anything and everything. Especially distractions common in a dog show or performance environment.
  • Other: Repetitive jumping won't begin until dog is at least 18 months old.

Training Plan: (Accomplish each level in multiple locations of gradually increasing distractions.)

  1. Shape dog to jump over one board, handler 3 feet away.
  2. Shape jump over two boards.
  3. Jump over two boards from four feet back with handler five feet away.
  4. Perform the full broad jump exercise over a half-width jump.


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