AG200: Foundation Jumping for All Sports

Instructor: Loretta Mueller

Course Details

If you want to do dog sports then you’ll want a variety of foundation skills. One of the most critical of these skills is teaching your dog to jump!

If you hold your breath while your dog throws themselves at obstacles then this class is for you.  Correct jumping is quiet, fluid, and powerful!  Good jumpers create confident handlers who can focus on their side of the equation - providing cues and information while the dog does their job - move through the jumping exercises with confidence and ease!

Whether your sport is obedience, agility, flyball or doggy disc, your dog must learn how to use their body correctly so that they are confident in themselves and learn to love their doggy sports! 

If you want your dog to be the best jumper possible, join Loretta Mueller and teach your dog the mechanics of jumping!

This class is a foundation level class that will get your absolute beginner off on the right foot. This class is also appropriate for dogs that are already struggling, either showing less than stellar form or experiencing issues with their confidence.

Class will cover all types of jumps from single bars to triples to broad jumps, though each individual’s rate of progress will vary. Take your time and teach this foundation skill with excellence! The goal of this class is to give you the tools to create a talented, education jumper even after the 6 weeks are over!

Loretta will not use a single “method” to teach jumping; rather the class will introduce a variety of techniques to get the best out of each team.

Dogs should be one year of age or older to gain maximum benefit from this course.


Next session starts: June 1, 2017
Registration starts: May 22, 2017
Registration ends: June 15, 2017

Registration begins at 9:00am PDT

Enrollment limits: Gold: 10 students, Silver: 25 students, Bronze: unlimited. If you are interested in bronze level, you can sign up any time during the registration period.

For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.


Week 1: What is good jumping? What are we looking for from our dogs? What inhibits good jumping? Determining your dogs jumping style. And Value Building for jumping. Does my dog have a jumping problem?

Week 2:  Jump Grid introduction/Handler Involvement/How to Use/What we are looking for! Introducing the Broad Jump and Spread Jumps (doubles and triples) and Panel Jumps 

Week 3: Collection: What it is! What it is NOT! How do we get it?? Grid work AND one jump work. Tailored to YOUR dogs needs!

Week 4: Extension: What it is! What it is NOT! How do we get it?? Grid work AND one jump work. Tailored to YOUR dogs needs!!

Week 5: Transitioning between Extension and Collection--Drills for dogs to help develop fluid jumping at top speed!

Week 6: Committment/Proofing Jumping Form---on all jumps, spreads, broad jump, single jumps, panel jumps etc. Problem solving jumping issues!

Prerequisites and Equipment

Dog should be at least one year of age for maximum benefit however puppies can benefit from this work, I suggest using jump bumps instead of jump bars.

Jumps:  Whichever ones you want to work on! The ones we will be using as examples are: Single jump, Broad jump, Double jump, Triple Jump, Panel Jump. The goal is to create a dog that can adjust at speed! Ideally 4 single jumps is a great start, the more jumps you have, and the more room, the more we can do! So lets shoot for 4 jumps :)

You will need a "space" for this class...there will be one jump drills, but we will also be doing grid work, which will involve several jumps in an row. Adjustments can be made depending on your space, but realize the more space you have, the more you can do.

IF YOU HAVE very specific issues (aka my dog hates the broad jump) then you will need that particular jump to work on. 

Course Testimonials

A sampling of what prior students have said about this course ...

This was our first time signing up for a Fenzi Academy class (we have done other online classes). We enrolled in AG Foundation Jumping. We have been completing for awhile, but this class was amazing for us to go back and visit issues that we struggle with and see how other people worked through their issues. Loretta is awesome and able to pinpoint exactly what was going on with each team. We signed up at the Bronze level due to the fact that my dog had an injury and we knew we would not be able to complete all the weekly exercises in "real time". Even though we were a Bronze level, we felt completely engaged in the class. We are going to enroll in a Gold level soon! Hard part will be deciding what great class to take! ~Jenny V.            

Loretta is awesome. Through this class she provides a solid base for teaching dogs how to jump correctly and safely. I look forward to taking more classes with this marvelous instructor. D Smith         

I enjoyed practicing the jump work with a friend .....we are in the same agility class and can rent the barn to practice on the weekend. Definitely liked learning about what a shoulder snap. And smooth jumping became very obvious. This class has been a great adjunct to my regular agility class. Thank you         

This course was awesome, whether you already have a jumping problem or if you just want to prevent one. Loved how she explained all of the choices she made, and how she carefully took us through the most basic steps all the way to the end. Well done!            

Loretta made you feel like you were award material for sure! I have 0 experience in agility and she certainly took time with all levels of experience in the class to help us.        

Working through Foundation Jumping over the past six weeks has been an eye opening experience. I took the class not really sure what I was getting into, but thought it would be "fun" to keep the dogs in shape through the winter. Not only did my "new to agility" dog gain confidence and ability in jumping, I saw great changes in my "experienced" dog as well (who was a good jumper to begin with). Loretta gave exceptionally quick feedback, well thought out with great plans for moving forward. She also helped me develop my eye so I feel confident moving forward with the program on my own. As a side bonus to this class, both dogs have built some fantastic muscle over the past six weeks and will look great in the conformation ring, and my "new" dog with very little rear end awareness has grown by leaps and bounds. We have just dabbled starting to train heeling, but throughout this course (with very little "heeling" work) my dog has gone from a major crabber to almost straight in heel position! Tracey B          

This course was amazing! The feedback was very detailed and helpful. I saw a very noticeable improvement in my dog and the other dogs in the course over the six weeks. I went into the course with a very kamikaze dog with no regard for her own safety and came out with a much more thoughtful dog who is using her body more efficiently when jumping now. Katherine F.          

This was a brilliant course for us 'you don't know what you don't know' people. I'd assumed all dogs could jump correctly but no, it's a science and an eye-opening one at that. The biggest benefit of this course, apart from knowledge, was the increase in confidence and correct jumping style I saw in my dog over the 6 weeks. As always, Loretta's feedback was easy to follow and very perceptive. I'd recommend the jumping course to anyone whose dog has to jump (wide, long, high, extended or collected) as part of its sport.