Getting Buddy to make the turn

The goal of Sequence 3 is to teach your dog to make the turn:

Start as in Sequence 2, but now stand at a right angle to the jump one step away from the target and call your dog over the jump.

As you give the command, take a step with your right foot toward the target and with your right arm point to it.

When Buddy picks up the treat, bring your right foot back, praise, and release.

When Buddy responds reliably, take two steps backward from the target, and then three, and so on, until you can send him over the jump with you standing about five feet from the target.

Whenever you leave him, you're still stepping over the jump.

Now that you can send him over the jump with you standing about five feet from the target, begin moving in the direction where you'll ultimately stand when you send him over the jump.

Stand about five feet from the target, take one step to your right, and then send Buddy over the jump.

Remember, the Step and Point toward the target.

As soon as he picks up the treat, call him with "Come," turn to face him, and have him sit in front.

Set up again.

Take another step to right, send him over the jump, and so on.

Repeat this sequence, one step to the right at a time, until you're standing facing the board(s), with your toes about two feet from the jump.

11. Finally, with target and treat in place, go directly to your position facing the right side of the jump, with your toes about two feet from the jump, anywhere between the first and last board, and send him over the jump.

Keep using the Step and Point for the first few repetitions. When Buddy jumps reliably, stand still when you send him. For the final product, you can use either the command "Buddy, over," or give a signal with either your right or left arm.

As Buddy becomes proficient with this exercise, eliminate the "Come" command and introduce the Finish. For most of your repetitions, you want him to sit in front. For the Finish, you want to keep him guessing, so do it infrequently. When you don't want him to finish, release him backwards.

Dogs learn very quickly what the end product is supposed to look like, and they begin taking shortcuts. For example, to get to you more quickly, Buddy may start to jump at an angle in your direction. You can prevent this from happening by keeping the target and treat in place for most of your practices.

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