Polo is barely more than 5 months and he runs straight at the couch and jumps late and crashes chest first into it every time. Once, by a fluke, I told him "Jump!" and patted the couch and all four feet came off the ground and he was on the couch, but I haven't been able to recreate that. I also don't want to stress his joints or make him do anything he's not comfortable with.
I've noticed that some minis are more bouncy than others. Maybe this has something to do with it, but Polo is on the less bouncy side, apart from the couch attempts, which he does all on his own.
By which age should he be able to do this? He won't even hop into my car, which is a sedan that is less than a foot off the ground. He knows he's going to sit in the floorboard, but I can't get him to climb in himself. Any suggestions?
My Kai is one of those super jumpers. Even if there really is no reason to jump, he just leaps into the air because he loves to do it. But, even though this boy loves to jump, he was in no hurry to jump into a vehicle. He is soon to be a year old, and he will jump into my van now but when he is ready, not when I tell him too. Its a mental comfort zone thing.
Polo may just need to mature a bit more to get it all together before he can jump onto the couch. I know exactly what you are talking about, my 1st standard did this, run full bore towards the couch then smash his chest into the cushions.
Polo sure is a doll!
I don't know if there is a norm for jumping. I can only tell you my experience. My breeder told me to try to avoid having Jazz climb steps or jump off steps till 6 months of age. He does not do steps yet, he is 5.5 mths, but he jumps like crazy. Even from 3.5 months he was jumping up for the toy like a maniac and he has been jumping up on the couch since about then too. I'm sure each dog though has their own time schedule.
Beau has never been a big jumper, for which I am mostly grateful. We even got him a set of doggie stairs so he can come and go from our bed at will -- sure got tired having him bark at us to lift him up onto the bed! (I know he can jump up onto the bed if he wants to -- I've seen him do it exactly once. He just doesn't want to, lazy boy!) He also will not jump into or out of the car. And as he's almost 1-1/2 years old, I don't expect this to change much.
It's interesting that there is so much variation.
I figure his back legs aren't that strong yet, and he doesn't have good coordination yet. I've tried showing him he can catch and sometimes he comes close but the only times he catches maybe a toy is with his "poodle hands" lol!
Perhaps once his coordination is better he'll be more likely to get it right on his own. Time will tell
Swizzle, my 5 and 1/2 month toy, can jump on and off the sofa and has been able to do so since about 4 months. We try and discourage this. He also has been able to climb up and down stairs since 10 weeks so now we have the stairs gated off. We don't want him jumping on people so he keeps his paws off you but he bounces up and down before me when he gets excited boing, boing, boing which probably is not good for his growing joints but I am not sure what to do about it. I am not sure what is the norm for a poodle but I know the vet said try to keep the jumping down to a minimum till at least 6 months so count yourself lucky. I think most dogs are reluctant to jump into a car until they are a little older.
I am sure you have been to the vet often. With spacing Swizzles's shots it seems like I am there all the time. I am sure Polo is developing normally and just going at his own pace. He sure is a cutie. I need to pick a cute Swizzle picture to attach to my posts too.
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Ollie just started jumping up on the furniture last week. He's 5 months old. At times, he still needs to take a running leap but he's always pround to show off what he can do. Penny was jumping up much faster. She was 4 months when she first started. However, she just started trying to get into the car (a sedan) at 1 year.
My Mini is now 17 wks but she has been jumping on & off furniture, climbing up & down stairs since we got her last week. It took about 2 days for her to be comfortable in her new home but she bounces all over the place. Scary though when she leaps off the back of the couch. Took my breath away but she landed on her feet & kept on moving forward. We try to discourage thia BUT since all our dogs climb on furniture of sorts she just naturally followed the pack. She is coordinated enough to do this while some dogs are not coordinated at this age & should avoid jumping about.
I don't know about the not climbing stairs etc... I have always had dogs & the ones that I had as puppies ALWAYS did stairs. I had one exceptional skilled dog with his jumping that he was in Agility at 6 months & had his 1st title well before a year of age. Anyway, I did have a client with a PWD & her breeder said "don't let skipper go up & down stairs for 2 YEARS". These people actually carried a 45lb dog up & down the stairs for 2 years. WTF!!! I let my dogs climb up & down stairs & the jumping on furniture should be done in a safe manner when the dog has the coordination to do so.