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Huh. I guess I semi-overreacted yesterday/this morning.
Came home from work and set up the high jump in the basement like before. I measured it to 16", planning to drop it 4" if he had problems again.
Used the wood dumbbell.
He balked the first time and did his standing on the other side of the jump waiting for me to come around. I really focused on keeping a smile on my face and a "aren't you adorable and trying SO HARD" tone in my voice while I sent him back to get his dumbbell - while I stayed on my side.
And after that he really cleaned up.
I put the dumbbell away after 4 or 5 successful tosses and sent him to get his toys.
While he was rummaging around his toy box for his favorite moose toy down on the bottom, I moved the jump up 4" to 20".
So we played with his toy a little and I made him do a few "take it + hold" reps with my heavy dumbbell (I got it from max - has slanted bells and knurled bar, I looked at the wood one and it has slanted bells too) -with me tossing his moose for him as a reward.
The heavy dumbbell has a bigger bit/bar, so he definitely held it better. And he's getting back to understanding that hold is closing his mouth and waiting while I get a treat. Or in this case, grab the dumbbell and toss the toy.
Then I revved him up and sent him over the jump tossing the moose as soon as he was in the air. And I dropped down in a play bow for him and he jumped right back over like it was nothing.
We played a little more and I did at least 2 more reps with the same thing. And he did fine.
Which of course reassures me that this is mental for him and not necessarily a physical issue. o_O
My plan is to stop over and check out carpets or matting at HD. I'm thinking it has to be something with a rubber bottom so it does go slipping under him because of the tile. And I'll look into other options as well.