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Old 03-11-2007, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default How to: Stop your dog from jumping on people

The first thing to do is figure out the reason. If the jumping starts when people enter your home, decide whether your dog is being overly friendly (jumping to greet) or overly protective (jumping to prevent them from getting near you).

One simple way to get things moving in the right direction is let guests in yourself by opening the door for them rather than having them let themselves in. Make your dog sit first, well away from the door, and don't open it unless he is still sitting. It may take a while to reach the point where he/she can do this reliably.

If your dog is being overly friendly, the key to stopping the jumping is to stop rewarding him/her for poor behavior. Hopefully you have a friend who can help you change things around. When your guest arrives and gets jumped on, have your friend put both arms flat across the body, and turn away from the dog. Giving the dog attention is the reward, and you want to withhold it. The person being jumped on should not look at the dog, yell, kneel down, or even acknowledge the dog. At the same time, you (owner) tell the dog to "sit". The goal is that the dog does not get attention until "all four are on the floor and not before". As soon as your dog is sitting pretty is the time to shower the dog with attention, by petting, scratching, anything to get the connection in the doggy mind that "sitting is GOOD".

An alternative once you think that your dog understands that he/she is supposed to be on the floor instead of jumping is to use the "off" command. Just make sure that you are not inadvertantly rewarding your dog by giving attention.

One thing that really does not work all that well is the old "knee in the chest". Most dogs regard this as great fun, and the result is that they get the "reward" of a wrestling match for misbehaving.

And if your dog has gotten used to jumping on people, be prepared for what is called an "extinction burst". Your dog will be genuinely perplexed at his attention grabbing jumping suddenly not having the desired effect. He'll think, 'Gee, maybe they don't notice me. I'll try jumping higher and harder. Maybe bark too just to be sure they know I'm here". In other words, the behavior will get WORSE before it gets better. This it not the time to lose heart! As bizarre as it sounds, it is when the behavior gets worse that you know you are making progress!

If your dog is being overly protective, be aware that your dog might be taking his/her cue from you. If guests "let themselves in" and your dog does not know them, in all fairness there is no way for your dog to know that these are not intruders. If you are genuinely afraid or apprehensive, your dog will smell it and more than likely be hostile towards whomever you are letting in. Make a show of greeting your guests by shaking hands so your dog gets a clear visual signal that these people belong in your home.

Maybe some members can share some more tips!
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thanks for this interesting read,lucy is having jumping on people problems at present..i think we have already sussed that she is doing this for friedliness and attention as she gets over excited and wee's every time in vast quantities...(the mop is on standby basically all the time now)...

she does this to "anyone" that comes to the house..including ourselfs even if we have just popped out for a dhort time or the children returning from school....we have tried to stop giving her attention over this,but to some extent we feel we cant ignore her when she does this as she jumps up to the children and we basically have to remove her from them...

we havnt had her very long at all,and im not sure if this behaviour could be down to lack of attention at her previous home,maybe she was left whilst her owners were at work,and the excitement stems from "returning attention".

im going to post other problems in another thread,but will add here as you have made comment on the "sitting" issue that lucy lacks basic obedience/commands ..and makes me wonder if she has had any form of training at all.
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:28 PM   #3
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Yes, the "sit" command is really the starting point. You may also want to try the NILIF approach http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=4618 to get the overall behavior of your dog under control. Figure your dog can learn about one command a month. And when you train, keep it fun so the dog does not get frustrated, and short so they do not lose attention. The dog should be a little tired (like right after a walk or play session) and preferably hungry so the treats will have the desired effect.
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I've just gone in to Shutzhund Training,and the ironic thing is that for a year I've been telling my Dog to off, and down, and I'am just starting to see an improvement ....then I learn that shutzhund people want their Dogs to jump up ..hahah Dobe

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You may also want to try the NILIF approach
thanks for the link,will def take a look,and start there

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My dogs have sit for food, sit to go outside, sit for a toy,
i think that a very good idea,and def shows whos in control..thanks

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i like your way of thinking,lol

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I've just gone in to Shutzhund Training,and the ironic thing is that for a year I've been telling my Dog to off, and down, and I'am just starting to see an improvement ....then I learn that shutzhund people want their Dogs to jump up ..hahah Dobe
aww bless you,we all learn from our mistakes..he he
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Skunkstripes method of offing the dog worked for us. It takes patience, and as described in the post, everyone involved needs to be on the same page.

Abby wanted to start some rowdy play and chasing almost everytime we were crossing the yard...she meant no harm, but did cause some.

She has improved so much with this method of us not reacting to her jumping. It got to a point where we would have to cross arms, turn and walk abruptly into the house, so she could think about how the jumping was not getting her any fun at all. And don't forget the part about making your dog go through a door politely...it carries over nicely to other behaviors.

Be patient, and this will work for you.

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thankyou rita
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I've just gone in to Shutzhund Training,and the ironic thing is that for a year I've been telling my Dog to off, and down, and I'am just starting to see an improvement ....then I learn that shutzhund people want their Dogs to jump up ..hahah Dobe
Especially if you have Schutzhund dogs in the home. The hands down, glancing slowly across the eyes is also a way to show the dogs they are not to " launch". Raised hands or pushing off is obviously a technique taught to launch. This will help remove the confusion in a Sch. trained dog.

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Well...training the dogs not to jump, isn't the problem, they will do as they are told. Training visitors not to encourage jumping is my problem. Ppl don't understand, why I don't want them jumping up, because they are cute and small, I shouldn't mind. Kali will pee-a submissive gesture, and ppl think it's cute that she will piddle for them. Training the ppl, has been much more a of a challenge, than training the dogs.
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i can totally understand that
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