The Jumpers

I came home one night to find Dante had learned how to jump over a fence.
Ellingsen Photography Dog Jumping-Dante Italian Greyhound

Not in the heart-stopping, scare-me-to-death way of jumping a yard fence, but just a little fence set up in the backyard. :) Lars and Sarah had been training Anja, and it turns out Dante will do anything for treats (more than I thought, anyway!). Plus I think a healthy dose of competition helped too.

Ellingsen Photography Dog Jumping-Dante Italian Greyhound

Previously I hadn’t pushed it with him, because 1) I don’t necessarily want to encourage him to leap where he can’t see (as in onto counters or over the side yard fence) and 2) We’ve worked through so many issues as it is that I didn’t push it with him when he displayed a fear of obstacle courses.

Ellingsen Photography Dog Jumping-Dante Italian Greyhound

So when I came home to him doing this, I darn near lost it. And then I grabbed my camera.

Anja is awesome at it too! She might not look as graceful/natural, but Dante is built more like a deer so it just looks right on him. Plus she made us laugh harder.

Ellingsen Photography Dog Jumping-Anja Rhodesian Ridgeback

Ellingsen Photography Dog Jumping-Anja Rhodesian Ridgeback

The one with the training treats in his pocket is always the most popular. Dante never fails to sniff them out!

Ellingsen Photography Dog Jumping-Dante Italian Greyhound Begging

Oh, the floppy ears!

Ellingsen Photography Dog Jumping-Dante Italian Greyhound

Probably the funniest part was the way he kept looking at me while he was jumping, as if to say, “What am I doing this for, exactly?”

It looked something like this:

Ellingsen Photography Dog Jumping-Dante Italian Greyhound

And that is why I love being a dog mama.

xo

P.S. I think next time we’re going to have to put on his Super Dante cape! :)