L1 Exercise 7: Video Examples, Details and Judging Criteria

Exercise 7: High jump or bar jump (height or width must be minimum ⅓ of dog’s height)
Dog is cued to walk or run over a low bar or solid jump.

Purpose: Jumping is a fundamental skill in many dog sports and is the basis for a variety of fun tricks.

Equipment: A bar or solid jump of any type. Formal jumps are not required.

Exercise set-up:   There should be at least 2 ft (0.6 m) of open space on either side of the jump. Handler and dog will approach the jump together but handler does not take the jump. The exercise begins when the handler cues the dog to go over the jump, and ends when the dog lands. The handler may use verbal and/or hand signal to cue.

Scoring: Pass/Not yet!

Non-qualifiers: Dog goes around the jump. Handler goes over the jump.  Jump is set up in a manner that prohibits the dog from freely going around it.  Dog drops the bar.  Video does not permit exercise to be adequately judged.


If your dog is not physically able to jump 1/3 of their body height, remember that you can fail one exercise without penalty but you must attempt all exercises UNLESS there is a medical issue.  In that case, turn to the camera and state that you will not do the jumping exercise for medical reasons.

Video Example:

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