How can I get my dog to stop jumping?

asked 2015-08-11 18:11:52 -0500

My 1 year old puppy jumps constantly -- on my husband and I first thing in the morning, on strangers on walks (particularly if a runner runs by), when he greets people or wants attention, etc. He's super friendly and affectionate and always just wants to play, but it's pretty off-putting (particularly to strangers!) and we need to figure out how to train him not to jump so much. Does anyone have training tips? We've tried turning our backs every time he jumps and it doesn't seem to have an impact. Thank you!!

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WIth training, the thing is to think of what you do want vs what you don't want. So for example sit: Do not give any attention for a jumping dog, you can slide to the other side, quick turn your side where they slip off. Ask for a sit, praise the sit. Praise and Reinforce what you want, ignore the negative.

Yvette V.'s profile imageYvette V. ( 2015-08-16 00:04:32 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-08-12 15:30:52 -0500

There are two ways that I used to keep my puppy (mini schnauzer) from jumping.

The first thing I did was start saying "ow!" when I get jumped on. This reaction teaches my puppy that he's hurting me, and will often elicit apology hugs & kisses from him.

The second thing I did was start teaching my puppy a trick "stand up". Now that he knows he gets treats for a calm stand-up, he does't want to jump at all!

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answered 2015-08-12 17:00:02 -0500

I'm currently working with a client whose Weimaraner does the same thing. Hard to manage when the dog is 90lbs. We've done a number of things, and are still working through some of the different aspects of the behavior.

A couple of thoughts:

  • You're right on track with the ignoring! Sometimes we subconsciously reinforce the dog with attention even when we're trying to ignore, though, so I like to focus on shutting down and becoming a statue when the dog jumps. Some dogs are also stimulated by movement. My current board and train doggy is this way. He's learning that when I stop moving, he needs to offer a sit or down and then I will continue. Turning your back may be too much movement for him...it's hard to know without seeing the whole scenario.
  • Face the wall. I also work at an animal adoption center, and I do this a lot when entering the dogs' run. When you stand toe-to-toe with the wall, it denies the dogs access to your face, and also gives you some support while they use your body like a spring board.
  • Reinforce offered sits and downs. Put your dogs kibble in a bait bag and wear it around the house. Toss a piece on the ground whenever he sits or downs without you asking him.
  • Does he sleep in a kennel at night? Implement "Gentlemanly Exits" (i.e. leave the kennel when released). Open the door slowly, and then close it if he starts to leave without permission. It requires impulse control from him, and helps lower the excitement level before he has access to you and your husband.
  • Make sure he receives nothing for jumping.
  • Always, always reward for four on the floor. If he's been jumping, and then stops, reward him so he knows he got it right. Teaching dogs is a bit like arithmetic: two parts added to find a solution. The dog needs to know when he's doing it wrong (i.e. you ignore him) and when he's doing it right (i.e. you reward him).
  • Check out the YouTube videos under "kikopup", as well as dogstardaily.com
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answered 2015-08-24 18:12:28 -0500

This may sound elementary, but a hand outstretched in their direction, flat-palm facing them and a solid "no" usually does it for me. I've been to friend's houses where they pre-apologize for their dog who is barking and straining at their collar to get out the door to me, but if I enter with my hand out and look right at them with a firm no they usually do not jump. After a failed puppy class and a year of embarrassment with my own dog jumping on guests, that is what we've incorporated to break her of the bad habit. Try to enlist strangers to help after you've practiced at home!

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answered 2015-08-26 13:16:23 -0500

Dogs usually jump because they know thats how they can easily get your attention. Even if it is negative attention i.e. Saying "No!" What I usually do with my pups is turn my back to them. Do not look at them, do not speak to them until they calm down. Only when they are calm and sitting is when I will give them love

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answered 2015-08-26 13:12:43 -0500

Our dog used to do this and it may sound mean, but we would put our knee up so her chest would run right into it. She didn't like that and realized it was going to happen every time she jumped, so she stopped. Now she only jumps up when we ask her to.

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answered 2015-08-26 13:28:24 -0500

I am currently teaching my pup to not jump. My simple approach is to say NO when she does jump. When i come home i will not greet her or pet her unless she does not jump. It's working well!

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