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How to Teach Your Dog To Jump Through A Hoop

How to Teach Your Dog To Jump Through A Hoop

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I taught my dog to jump through a hoop for the annual Trick or Treat Giveaway and I am so freaking excited. 

Every year, we team up with Jessica, Luna, and Ralph from Beagles & Bargains and gather ’round the internets to promote how much FUN it is to teach your dog a cool trick, how great training is for your dog’s mental well being and how much it can do to help your bond. No matter how much of a A+ good doggo your pooch is, there’s no need to quit learning and tricks are the perfect silly skill to learn.

To make it extra interesting, we invite a bunch of dog blog friends to join in,  pair a bunch of really cute and easy dog trick tutorials with some faaaaaaaabulous prizes from some of our favourite pet brands and then we play Skeleton Jack as Sandy Claws all month long just for the boos. 

And the giveaway party starts RIGHT NOW.


Prizes have been generously provided by Kong, Wellness Pet Food, Petcurean, Only Natural Pet, DogTV, Caru Pet Food, Treatibles, Noah’s Bark Dog Treats, West Paw, and Pet Lifestyle and You. All participating bloggers paid a fee to participate which funded our grand prize gift card.


Teaching your dog to jump through a hoop is actually SUPER easy. 

All it takes us a hoop, someone to hold it (or stakes to hold it up), some high-value treats and a little patience. Kolchak (the smarty pants) picked it up in less than 10 minutes.

Teach Your Dog to Jump Through a Hoop

  1. Familiarization 

    Hold the hoop upright with the bottom rim on the ground and reward your dog for approaching or touching the hoop.

    Repeat this step until your dog is 100% comfortable with the hoop. 

  2. Luring

    With the bottom rim of the hoop still on the ground, place your dog in a sit stay on one side and then reach through the hoop from the opposite side and lure them through with a treat.

    Repeat until your dog is totally confident going through the hoop at ground height. I like to give an enthusiastic “yessssssss” when my dog gets it right, as I am too clumsy to hold a clicker and a treat.

  3. Leap

    Raise the hoop a small distance off the ground and use a high-value treat to lure your dog through it while giving the leap command. Reward your dog with the treat and a happy “yes” every time they get it right. 

    If they go around the hoop, return them to the starting point and try luring them again. 

    Practice until you no longer need to lure them

  4. Add Height

    Once your dog is confidently leaping through the hoop at a short height, try raising it slightly. 

    Keep practicing and raising the height as far as your dog is comfortable! 

I know not everyone has someone always around to hold the hoop while you lure your dog. 

It’s cool. I gotcha, Boo. ME NEITHER. That’s OK because it’s super easy to work around. I bought 1/4″ wood dowelling in a variety of lengths from the hardware store. 

Then I drilled 2 x 1/4″ holes in the bottom of the hula hoop about 18″ apart.

Simply stick the dowelling in the holes and set into soft ground (like grass).

And now? With no further ado, let’s give some prizes away!!

To win, leave a comment on this post, fill out the entry form below and, ya know, read the official rules in the widget because #lawsyo.

GRAND PRIZE:

Petco Gift Card

$350 Gift Card to Petco
**PAID FOR BY ALL PARTICIPATING BLOGGERS**
This giveaway is NOT affiliated with Petco.

SECOND PRIZE:

KONG Assortment

Assorted KONG Dog Toys
$150 VALUE – SPONSORED BY KONG

THIRD PRIZE:

Wellness Pet Food Halloween

$100 in Wellness Pet Food Dog Treats

$100 VALUE – SPONSORED BY WELLNESS PET FOOD

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FOURTH PRIZE:

Petcurean Spike Dog Treats

2 Bags of Each Spike Dog Treat Recipe (8 Bags Total)
$98 VALUE – SPONSORED BY PETCUREAN

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FIFTH PRIZE:

Only Natural Pet Dog Treats

All Meat Bites, Jerky Bites, Chicken Chips, Jerky Strips, All Meat Crispies, and Jerky Wraps (1 Bag Each)
$78 VALUE – SPONSORED BY ONLY NATURAL PET

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SIXTH PRIZE:

DOGTV Prize Pack

6 Month Subscription to DOGTV Online I and Love and You Fresh All Rover Dental Chews
$66 VALUE – SPONSORED BY DOGTV

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SEVENTH PRIZE:

Caru Pet Food Soft n' Tasty Baked Bites

Four Flavors of Soft n’ Tasty Baked Bites, One Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth, and One Free Range Chicken Bone Broth
$60 VALUE – SPONSORED BY CARU PET FOOD

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EIGHTH PRIZE:

Treatibles Pumpkin Chews

1 Small Bag of 1mg Pumpkin Chews and 1 Large Bag of 4mg Pumpkin Chews
$56 VALUE – SPONSORED BY TREATIBLES

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NINTH PRIZE:

Noah's Bark Dog Treats

Cha Cha Chicken, Bodacious Beef, and Peanutty Perfection (24 oz Bags – 3 Total)
$56 VALUE – SPONSORED BY NOAH’S BARK DOG TREATS

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TENTH PRIZE:

West Paw Dog Toys

Qwizl Treat Toy and Rowdies Toy $56 VALUE – SPONSORED BY WEST PAW

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ELEVENTH PRIZE:

PLAY Mutt Hatter Plush Toy Collection

Mutt Hatter Plush Toy Collection
$48 VALUE – SPONSORED BY P.L.A.Y.

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PLUS follow ALL bloggers on Facebook & Instagram for a chance to win one of 13 SPECIAL SOCIAL MEDIA PRIZES!

A new giveaway will be posted each day on either Facebook or Instagram and will run for 24 hours. Each giveaway will be posted on the co-hosts’ social media pages along with a select group of bloggers. You can enter on each participating blog’s account for MORE entries! You have to enter each day for a chance to win that day’s prize.

Co-Hosts:
Beagles & Bargains – Facebook | Instagram
Kol’s Notes – Facebook | Instagram

WHERE TO ENTER:

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Lindsay Pevny

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

The stakes are such a clever idea! I completely forgot I taught both of my dogs to jump through a hoop years ago, I wonder if they still remember.

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Friday 9th of November 2018

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Tosha H

Tuesday 30th of October 2018

I’d really love for my dog to stop barking like crazy at every little thing, it’s driving me nuts!

Trisha McKee

Tuesday 30th of October 2018

I would love to teach my dog not to jump up on people.

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