How do I stop my dog from jumping ?

asked 2017-07-21 12:40:03 -0600

I have a 1 year old female German Rottweiler and she is pretty obiedent but she tends to just when she gets excited. She is already 110lbs and will be about 170lbs when fully grown. I don't want her jumping on someone and hurting them on accident. Any suggestions will help!:)

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No hands. No attention(verbal no or hands to stop). Practice sits on commands. Then work on longer sit stays. Only pet when sitting. If they get up verbal correction i.e.; eh eh. Sit command. If they sit. Praise. Stop if they get up. My dog/clients dog..this has worked well. They want attention.

Jeanne R.'s profile image Jeanne R.  ( 2017-08-10 15:10:34 -0600 ) edit

No talk, no touch, no eye contact until she settles down (bonus points for laying down/sitting). Then once she does that, calmly smother her with love (the reward for calming herself down). She'll eventually learn the jumping isn't getting her what she wants. It helps to turn away and face the wall

Victoria H.'s profile image Victoria H.  ( 2017-08-10 19:29:31 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2017-07-30 18:12:45 -0600

With dogs that aren't too large and athletic or very mouthy, it can work to turn away and ignore the dog- telling the dog that he won't get attention when he is jumping. Standing on the leash also works. I often use a two person technique where one person holds the leash and becomes a post while the other approaches and pets the dog. The moment the dog starts to jump up, the person holding the leash remains a post (no yanking on the dog) while the person who was petting steps out of the dog's reach. As soon as all four of the dog's paws are on the ground the petting and praise can continue, stepping away anytime the dog get's rowdy.

Pushing the dog off, yelling at him or kneeing him is not recommended. Pushing and yelling are often construed by the dog as fun and they often become more jumpy. Shy dogs can be terrified of rough physical contact or yelling. Kneeing the dog or stepping on his paws is painful, can damage the dog physically and will likely also damage your relationship with the dog. So while it's helpful to tell the dog what you don't like by ignoring the behavior, it's even better to tell the dog what you do like such as all paws on the floor. You can also give the dog an alternative behavior that he needs to do in order to get petted. If you sit, I'll pet you! Down works well too. You can't jump when you're sitting or lying down! Using a marker like a clicker or the word "YES!" anytime the dog is doing something you like, followed by a food reward is another great way to help the dog understand what you'd like him to do.

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answered 2017-07-23 08:51:40 -0600

I like to prevent the behavior from occurring since every time the dog is allowed to complete the behavior, the behavior is reinforced.

I would simply keep a leash on her and put my foot on the leash when you know she is likely to jump up, it keeps her from being able to jump and makes it quite unpleasant when she tries making the behavior unpleasant and unsatisfying. When she calms down and stops jumping, reward her, making not jumping more interesting and better paying than jumping.

For very large dogs that are already liking to jump up on people, turning your back and crossing your arm will probably not work since a large dog still has access to your face and neck when they stand and it did not stop them from jumping on you making jumping up still interesting and every time they are able to complete the behavior, the behavior is reinforced. In those cases I recommend putting up your knee in a way that the dog will jump into your knee, making it unpleasant and not allowing them to complete the behavior. Again, once the dog is not jumping and being polite, make sure your reward very well.

Its all about making not jumping a better pay than jumping but also never allowing it again.

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answered 2017-07-21 20:03:38 -0600

The best time to correct an unwanted behavior is right before it occurs. Observe your dogs body language and the "tells" that she is about to jump (wide eyes, stepping feet, a certain whine). Calm her down with your own demeanor and put your hand out and slowly bring it down. If your dog jumps on you, cross your arms and turn your back and give no attention - while communicating. That is key. You can't just ignore. Give a cue such as "down" or "no jump".

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answered 2017-08-15 15:03:18 -0600

I have a 110 lb Golden Retriever. He used to jump to everyone that came up the driveway just once and lick their face. Some people loved it, others well...At that weight people can get hurt. I had to restrain him when guests came initially. However I trained him to not do it with us by not giving him any attention at all, putting my knee up so he couldn't jump on me, say down or turn my back to him and avoiding all eye contact and attention. I would give him verbal commands to sit when I saw someone coming and reward with either a treat, clicker or verbal praise when he responded in kind. Food is a strong motivator for my dog. Figure out what motivates yours and know the triggers to the behavior and try to head it off before it happens. Eventually when he would greet people and not jump he got lots of praise and still does.

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answered 2017-08-10 16:20:20 -0600

Teaching an alternative behavior is one of the best ways to deal with this.

Many dogs got a lot of "face time" when they were puppies, and they were carried. This gave them the idea that the "sweet spot" is up there by your face. That they have grown larger never registers with them.

Avoid face kissing and forms of affection that reinforce this idea.

I work with and like to own giant dogs. Teaching a dog to LEAN on you to get petted is a real lifesaver down the road. Move the dog into place and sort of press her into you, and then do pretty talk and petting while she is touching both of your legs. The minute she moves off, get quiet and ignore her. Then put her back, and give her lots of praise and petting again.

When you are seated, get her to come stand NEXT to you, facing AWAY from you, and pet and stroke her, with the pretty talk. When she turns toward you, look away and get quiet....nothing negative....you just can't "see" her like that.

These exercises are subtle and should go on all the time. Tell other people what you are doing and why, and have them practice it, too.

Soon, she will start coming up to you gently, beside you. It's nice to be able to rest an arm on a dog and pet her while you sit in a chair and read...without being mugged.

When she gets excited, she will revert.

You can use negative reinforcement (water bottle, pie plate, knees, whatever...knocking the dog off her feet sometimes works becasue they hate that and may decide you are just so clumsy they should be careful) and then try to guide her into the correct position, and she will get there quicker.

When she is excited, avoid eye contact, and look at her body, or away. Eye contact can be a signal to close the gap.

Looking where you want her to go, like beside you, can help her remember. Dogs are very aware of where a human's focus is, and they watch our eyes.

I also use a verbal noise not unlike a game show buzzer instead of the word "no" in situations like jumping. It's a non-word, and I don't have to think about it, and to dogs, it sounds closer to a bark/growl. It is jarring and unpleasant, and they respond instinctively. (It also works on almost everything, even horses.)

When the four feet are on the floor, I can quickly change to a praise tone, and when she is in the right place, I can reward with petting.

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