For this single jump skill we are going to test how good you verbal is that cues commitment to the front side of the jump. I use the word “jump” but you would test this with whatever your verbal is (“over”, “hup”, or specific verbals for wrapping left tanned right).
For my dogs, “jump” means to take the front side of the jump with whatever jumping effort matches my handling. It could be extension, relative collection, or true collection however I would likely use my wrapping verbals in a situation where I wanted collection.
Once you feel your dog has a pretty good understanding of “jump”, it is time to test that with distractions. Hopefully you have built enough understanding in your verbal that your dog can find the jump at various angles. Now we will test their understanding by presenting either a toy or treat and making sure they will respond to the correct verbal.
Place your dog in a stay and lead out between them and the jump. I would start with your reinforcement held up high as to not be too enticing. Holding perfectly still, cue the jump. The dog should release forward to the jump and then you can mark and release to the toy or treat. You are going to alternate releasing to the jump with releasing directly to the toy or treat. Make sure not establish a pattern that your dog will pick up on.
As your dog builds understanding of the verbals despite the reinforcement distraction, begin to lower the treat or toy to become more appealing. Ultimately, the goal is to be able to toss the toy or treat on the ground between you and the dog and ask for the desired cue.
Taking it the the next level: In addition to your dog learning to respond to the verbal despite your reinforcement distraction, make sure that you can present body/location disractions. Run in place, do jumping jacks, sit on the ground; make sure your dog will take the jumping on a single cue. You can even present a reinforcement distance AND challenge them with a distracting body presentation. Continue to alternate asking for the jump vs reinforcement release vs another behavior (like “sit” or “down”). Also, make sure you are working with various jump angles and not already presenting the same perpendicular approach.
If your dog can learn to respond to your “jump” verbal with these challenges, I am certain you will see an improvement in their verbal “jump” understanding on course!