Hit It!

Your dog jumps up and bounds off of vertical walls. Impressive.

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Hit It!

Trick Overview

Hit It!

What it looks like: Your dog leaps up on and then jumps off of a wall

You will need a piece of plywood at least an inch thick (so that it does not bend) and typically 8’ by 10’

place the plywood flat on the floor and perpendicular to a wall.

Put the dog in a stationary position behind you and to your right i.e on place, sit-down, down-stay etc

Kneel on the board with your two knees touching the board but your feet off the board.

Put the clicker in your right hand and treats in your left hand.

cross your left arm across your body, makes sure your dog sees the treat.

Release your dog from the stationary position, as they run towards the treats, move your arm from right to left in a fluid motion, luring them across the board.

when all four paws are on the board click and toss the treat behind you.

Do several repetitions of this step.

Now move the board about an inch or two off the ground at an angle.

I like to use cinder blocks to prop the board up to keep it from sliding. Always test out the board to make sure it is sturdy.

Keep these sessions short as this tricks is very tiring on your dog.

Do not go too far too fast or you will end up with a dog that runs up to the board and becomes confused.

Keep moving the board up the wall inch by inch, repeating the same picture, the dog is in the stationary position behind you to the right etc. You will always click for 4 paws on the board and toss the treat behind you building up momentum. Once the board about a foot or so puff the ground, begin just placing your left knee on the board and extend your right leg behind you.

Eventually the board will be flush against the wall. Once your dog is excelling at this step, remove the board, but use the same wall that was behind the board. Place your knee against the wall and keep going as if the board was still there.

Now would be the time to add in the verbal cue. Say hit-it, (then your release cue if your dog stayed in the stationary position)

Once your dog is excelling at this step, you will begin to fade yourself out of the trick.

Instead of your knee against the wall put your left foot against the wall and your dog will jump around your foot.

after several sessions keep putting your left foot further and further from the wall until your dog no longer needs it as a guide. in new locations (as the picture is now changed) your may have to go back to the step where your knee is against the wall so they understand what you want.