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Okay I am out of ideas.. No matter what I have tried, I cannot get Brodie to jump into the car, truck, up on the bed, stairs and the list goes on and on... We are so out of ideas. He is nothing like his brother Harrison. Harrison was so easy to train, it was a breeze. Brodie is a really good boy and knows all the regular commands and minds, but he just will not jump. He would be happy to be left behind, miss out on a chance to cuddle on the bed, etc. Brodie is now 10 months old and about 80lbs. He is 2 inches taller than his brother, but not nearly as broad. All the same he is heavy!

Anyone else have a non-jumping doodle? 

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 30, 2015 at 6:36pm

Do you have obedience training classes in your area--a dog club? I'm thinking a puppy fun agility class might be a good idea. He probably wouldn't be allowed in a regular class because he is too young, but the fun classes use really low jumps and I'll bet the instructor will be able to help you work through this. Even if you can only find a beginning obedience class, I think they might be willing to help you out with this. Good luck!

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on January 20, 2015 at 12:56pm

I can only wish Cousin Brodie good luck and maybe one day he will overcome his fear and just do it. Pedro loves his car rides so much that it's never been a problem. Rushing up the stairs is the one thing he has slowed down for (when they're icy or wet) after he hurt his knee the one time, but otherwise even if he's stiff, he manages to jump up, down, sideways and everything in between. I'd be concerned about Brodie's hips but if other movement is ok, then I guess it's a matter of more patience... and lots of loving paws! 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on January 19, 2015 at 11:49am

What I meant to emphasize is the laughter part of it.  For some reason, it worked well for us.

Good luck!

Comment by Lorie & Piper on January 18, 2015 at 2:08pm

awe, poor brodie...piper is a scaredy cat too...lots of things spook her ):  about the only thing she isn't scared of is other dogs...she will stand up to the biggest & meanest dogs in the neighborhood. get the stairs for the bed anyway...your hubby will be fine (;  my husband didn't want our backyard fenced or a dog door put day while he was at work, i had it all done...when he came home, he thought it was, he wouldn't have it any other way (:   maybe something happened when brodie was living with his previous owners that has him scared to jump...i'm sooo happy you guys rescued him & are giving him a wonderful life (:  

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on January 17, 2015 at 11:07pm

Thank you all..

I always use a chipper, good boy, come you can do it voice around scary things. Brodie is just such a scaredy cat. He is also not motivated by treats.. It is his way or he mules up.. LOL we will just keep working at it.

I have thought about a ramp and stairs for the bed.LOL.. Hubby won't go for either..

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on January 17, 2015 at 8:22pm

Ah, scary stuff!

One thing to try, if you haven't, is introduce the scary stuff with a chipper voice - explain what he's looking at that seems to be scaring him, tell him it's ok, and intersperse with giggles & light laughs.  We overcame the terrifying garbage cans that way, perhaps it'll work for you.

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on January 17, 2015 at 5:21pm

Have you tried a ramp? I know it's a hassle but it weighs less than him, but then it takes up space. Picco is also timid around so-called-strange things, including shadows or surface changes but he jumps into the car easily. He learned that he had to in order to be with me - he doesn't like being alone! When Picco mules up, treats don't sway him, is that true with Brodie?

Comment by Beverly and Eli on January 17, 2015 at 4:12pm

What is it with doodles and the burm wall thing? Eli did that and would smash the couch into the wall!

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on January 17, 2015 at 1:37pm

I thought it maybe his hips as well, but the way he plays, darts and dashes around the house, I don't think it is his hips. He runs and jumps on the couch in our living room using it like a burm wall when he and Harrison are zooming through the house.  He can jump down without hesitation. I am just hoping that we have not created a non jump in the car monster by lifting him up. If we didn't we would leave him behind. I think he is just scared. He is not as brave as his brother. Brodie wears a harness when we go out so that I can walk him by normal type items, shinny trash cans, soda machines, etc. He mules up until we have walked past the item half a dozen times. 

Thanks doodle friends, we will just keep working at it.. So hard cause Harrison was so easy..

Hugs and Slobbers

Comment by Beverly and Eli on January 17, 2015 at 8:14am

We have certainly had dogs who wouldn't jump up, into, or on anything. Chesney won't jump into the car but really wants to go and often needs to be lifted, although he will hop into my Subaru as it is lower than my last car. Eli jumps all the time, his legs are long and he has more of a poodle body. On his next appointment you could mention this and see what the vet says. I think we have seen lots of pictures of him being very active and hopping around though. He also may not have developed well enough to execute a jump in spite of his size and weight. Good Luck.

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