We encourage to build the indication in sessions separate from actual search work and basically do a lot of repetition to build 'muscle memory' as it were....actually we get that down first with a lot of runaways or using back chaining.
In any event, agree with your choice of indication as the bringsel has some unique problems in heat and in heavy brush. .. and you can keep the jump low (like having the dog target your hip not your chest) with a big concern being that you don't want to stop and stand when you see the dog coming as that will cue the jump and be a necessary part of the chain. You may be still and braced for the jump early on but in the future you want the dog to hit you no matter how you are moving or being stationary.
I would get it fluid with out the "yo yo" and only proceed to multiples after the has the chain down solid, as you proposed and then the dog will start to offer it naturally.
Also, one thing that often breaks down is the actual jump on you because the handler lets the dog get sloppy and they wind up coming by and doing a fly by or just looking at the handler.....so don't let it break down..need the indication each time. If it starts to fall apart shorten up, give some kind of reward (for that a bit of food is ok if they will take it) to bridge the gap -You may get the same issue when you start doing "yo yo" with the dog not going all the way into the subject - once again - don't let that break down find a small bit of something really yummy. I am working on the assumption your dog is toy driven for the "big reward" when you, the subject, and the dog are all together.
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