Trick Tuesday: How to Train Your Dog to Jump Into Your Arms

Every Tuesday, I am going to try and blog about dog tricks.  “Trick Tuesday” might include a trick tutorial video, a video of my dogs performing a newly learned trick, a written explanation of a trick, a neat trick that I’ve found and would like to try, etc.


I made this trick tutorial video, “How to train your dog to jump into your arms”, last fall.  This is one of Kylie’s favorite tricks and it’s one that I use at the end of agility runs since the dog is then caught and ready to exit the course.  Every dog that I have taught this trick to seems to enjoy performing it and it’s a fun trick that bystanders enjoy watching.

Before you begin training this trick, make sure of several things.

  1. Make sure that your dog is full-grown, is in good health with no soundness issues, and is in shape.  Depending on the size of your dog and the height you are asking him to jump up, this trick can be physically demanding.
  2. Make sure that you are comfortable with picking your dog up off the ground, from a standstill.  If your dog is too big/heavy for you to pick him up off the ground, you are definitely not going to want him to launch himself into your arms!
  3. As with any trick, adjust to your dog’s learning curve.  Just like people, some dogs pick up things faster than others.  The more positive and exciting you make training, the quicker your dog is going to learn and the happier he will be to work with you.  And just like people, dogs have various attention spans.  It’s better to break training up into many mini-sessions than to try and force feed everything in one big session.  You know your dog – adjust to what fits!

Please let me know what you all think of “Trick Tuesday” and if you have any questions regarding any component of this trick, please ask!  Hope you all enjoy!  🙂

About Kas

An occupational therapy graduate student, Virginia Tech alumna, positive-reinforcement trainer, and proud mum of 5 crazy canines.

Posted on June 28, 2011, in Diesel, Kylie, Trick Tuesday and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. My first lesson was unsuccessful, but that’s not a reflection on the super trainer (aka you.) This video had my wife clapping by the way. Love the videos!

  2. If I could have hit the Like button twice, I would have – I loved this video! You make it so easy to understand how to do this trick, and seeing Kylie’s joy in accomplishing it made it all the better. We’re very excited to teach this to Daisy – I think she’ll be a natural, as she already jumps onto our laps when we’re sitting down and pat our legs. Thanks for showing this, I’m looking forward to more Trick Tuesdays! 🙂

  3. I have a little Bichon (?) mix. She was the rescue I have commented on in your post previously. I would love some hints on how to get her to jump over something (like in your agility videos). Currently, she can jump vertically when her dad is preparing her dinner. However, every time I try to get her to jump over something she balks and goes around. Thanks! I will wait for a post one Trick Tuesday 🙂

  4. I remember the first time Maple attempted to jump into my arms… It was when my husband and I were playing on the lawn with her, and I knelt down on my knees with my arms open wide while calling her to come to me. She surprised me by jumping up on to my thighs, but we both struggled a bit—it wasn’t the most graceful landing! I really like your video demonstration and the idea of gradually progressing upwards with the use of a chair and pillows. We’ll have to try this one out, since Maple has already given us a sneak peek of her potential (LOL) 😉

  5. Hey Kylie,

    That’s a really cool trick – I wish my Mum could carry me!! She’s too weak, or I’m too heavy?! Anyway, Dad can lift me but I just put my paws up and he lifts me, maybe we should do the jump up like you do?

    Well done Buddy,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  6. I’m so impressed! It’s amazing how quickly they can learn, especially if they’re food-motivated. Can’t wait for more Trick Tuesdays!

  7. I love Trick Tuesday! It makes me wish my dogs were a bit smaller, but I don’t want either one of my beasts jumping into my arms!

  8. This was awesome. : ) It is so cool to see how quickly they learn. I am not sure that I would want to teach Miss Stella to leap lovingly into my arms. That might end up with me in the hospital having to fix the plate in my head! Lol. I am wanting to teach her to carry something though. I haven’t decided what just yet, but it is a goal. : )

  9. That is an awesome trick! But don’t let the 2 brown dawgs see it. They are just a bit big for that trick and we don’t want to give them any ideas. lol Maybe we will be able to share the next “Trick Tuesday” with them. 🙂

  10. Love the idea of Trick Tuesday! And your video was so easy to follow — well done!

  11. lol, my little pretzel jumps automaticlally, i think maltese absolutely loves to be cuddled and fawn upon

  12. Woof! Woof! I can totally do this command BUT my mom says I am too big (heavy). COOL video thanks for sharing. Happy Wednesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  13. Well done Diesel and Kylie! I so love watching those two in action.

    As much as I’d love to teach Oscar this trick, I don’t think his little legs can propel him to get enough airtime to be able to jump into my arms. 😉

  14. Trick Tuesday? Count us in! There aren’t many classes available where we live so you are now our new instructor! Thank you!

  15. I think trick tuesday is a great idea. It will help a lot of dog owners.

    I love reading this even though I don’t have dog to train. I once written how to train your turtle, maybe I should make them into specific post like yours 🙂

  16. lifewith4cats

    That was a nice video. I found myself cheering for her right along with you. 🙂 Im very eager too see what that other video is about, The one thats not uploaded yet? with a title like that, Im dying to see it. 🙂

  17. I think what you’re doing is really great, and it puts a smile on my face to see that you love your dogs so much

  18. I have a 40 lb BC who simply won’t jump onto my lap. He jumps over me and if I position myself so that he can’t jump over me, he just stretches and paws at my face. He has learned several tricks and is great at frisbee, but this trick is painful!

    • Sorry for just now seeing your comment, but feel free to email me if you still need some tips and I’ll do my best to help you out! 🙂

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