I just got a trampline a few weeks ago and we have had it set up for a while. I didnt think it would be all that big of a problem when I first set it up but Shadow seems to HATE us jumping on it and always tries to stop us by either jumping up on the sides and barking his lungs out or going UNDER it and trying to bite our feet. Today we got up the netting so I think that will stop him from jumping up but he still goes underneath and I dont want to accidently jump on him and seriously hurt him (though I have already but he is fine.) I just wanted to asked if anyone had any tips to stop this or anything I can place maybe AROUND the base so he can't get under it? It is not an option to just tie him up because he just barks and tugs and will either take down whatever he is tied to or will bark till our nieghbors get fed up and yell at us.
We dont have a crate for him or any of our dogs for that matter. Never used them and probably never will. I would keep him inside but he would bark like crazy and jump all over the house. I was thinking more along the lines of some way to train him either not to be scared of it or something like that.
Try and get him used to the trampoline. We had to get my cat used to the washer machine by petting him and make soothing noises whenever we turned it on. Try putting Shadow on the trampoline. Pet him w/ soothing noises and maybe feed him a treat or two if he does good.
Hmm.. our Golden Retriever does the same thing. He jumps up at the side and barks and tried to tear the sides up while he's at it but we have a fenced-in area back there so we just make sure we don't let him back there. =/ Maybe you could try to sort of play with him before you use the trampoline to wear him out a little? Put out some toys for him to maybe occupy him when you are using the trampoline? Although, from what you're saying, that doesn't sound like he'd go for it I suppose. =/
I think I have seen some kind of plastic-fence that goes around the edge of the trampoline at the bottom.. just not sure where I saw it - just remember it being in an ad in the paper.
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