If you want to take training your dog to the next level, try teaching your dog to jump on your back. This impressive-looking trick is not only a great mental and physical exercise for your dog, but it is also a great opportunity to strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend. One of the most effective ways to train your dog is with the use of clicker training, which is the method we used in this step-by-step explanation of how to train your dog to jump on your back. If you are not yet familiar with clicker training, make sure you read the section about clicker training before you scroll down to step one.
IMPORTANT: Please do not perform this trick when your dog is younger than 1 year old or if your dog is suffering from or has a history of any joint or muscle problems. When your dog jumps higher than its elbows, the joints will experience a high amount of pressure. This can be damaging to developing joints and to dogs who are prone to injuries.
Clicker Training: The Basics
Clicker training is a very effective method to train your dog and is great to incorporate when teaching your dog how to jump on your back. Your dog will easily recognize the consistent sound of the clicker which makes it an obvious cue for them to know they’ve done something right.
When your dog demonstrates the desired behavior, press on the clicker and reward them with a treat. This way, your dog knows he will get rewards upon hearing the clicker sound. The consistent, easy-to-recognize sound combined with the reward make clicker training an effective positive reinforcement training method which will assist in training your dog to perform various tricks and to adopt new behaviors.
Guide your dog onto your back with an object
Level your back with an object that your dog can stand on so it is easy for your dog to transition onto your back. Use for example your couch or bed. If your dog is not allowed onto your furniture, you can pick any stable and safe object which is of equal height to your back when you stand on your knees and hands. With a treat, lure your dog from the object onto your back. Once your dog puts one or two paws on your back, immediately click and give your dog the treat. Repeat this until your dog understands they have to put their paws on your back before they get the treat.
Once your dog is familiar with standing on your back with two paws, you can ask a bit more from your dog by rewarding them when they stand on your back with three or four paws. Make sure you are patient with your dog here as they need time to find their balance on your back. This can be easy for some dogs, but difficult for others.
Don’t ask too much from your dog and go with their tempo. Keep repeating this step until it is easy for your dog to stand on your back with four paws. Make sure to click and reward each time they stand on your back with four paws. When your dog shows you that they fully understand the behavior you are asking from them, you are ready to move to the next step.