Jumping up can be a problem behaviour for many dog owners. Whilst it can be a nuisance for many, others love coming home to someone who is so excited to see them. If you are one of the former, then consider enrolling your pup in a puppy school or you can try doing it yourself at home.
Here we’ve put together some tips on how to curb the jumping in an easy and loving way. Jumping up can happen at any time, whether it be when we walk into the house when walking our dog or even at the dog park. Most of the time, it is as a result of excitement and trying to get our attention.
The trick to correcting the behaviour is to not to react when the problem behaviour occurs, and give maximum attention when it is NOT happening so the dog can distinguish between the wanted behaviour and unwanted behaviour. So it is important to keep your eyes peeled and be quick to respond when you’re getting the good behaviours.
Depending on when the jumping is occurring, consider some of the following techniques: Jumping when you get home For starters, don’t push them off you. They’ll take that as getting attention because you’re reacting to that behaviour and they’ll do it more.
If you do not have the heart to try and ignore your dog’s advances for affection, then you may want to consider getting help through professional dog training services in Sydney. Most trainers will say, when they jump on you, just turn your back. There’s some benefit to that but that’s not where it ends.
Ignoring doesn’t solve the problem because while they can read that as a reaction from you they don’t want, they need to figure out what to do instead. Instead, stand perfectly still, look past them and give them a ‘sit’ cue. Once they sit, reward them. If they jump again, repeat looking past them and ask them to ‘sit’.
Once they do, reward them again. They’ll quickly figure out that sitting gets the rewards, jumping doesn’t. Turning your back also works if you can give the sit cue and see when they’re sitting in the corner of your eye. Once you get the hang of it, as you enter the door, give them cue immediately so they don’t learn to jump first then get the cue to sit.
Jumping on Visitors Dogs are generally inquisitive and want to meet new people so they may jump on any visitors that may arrive. You can enrol your pup to puppy training classes in Sydney to teach them how to properly socialise. Leave some treats by the door and as the guests enter, you can either ask them to cue the dog to sit and give the dog a treat to calm them down or as you’re about to answer the door, grab their favourite toy and distract them with it as the guests arrive.
Jumping while walking If you’re walking your dog and meet someone to have a chat, as they approach you, ask your dog to sit and give them treats until you’ve already started a conversation. That will allow your dog to calm down and be distracted by the treats. Other Options Agility classes teach your dog the specific ‘Jump’ cue. This, in turn, teaches your dog when its OK to jump. So they’ll generally only jump when they’re asked to do so.
There may also be situations where your dog is jumping to see something over a fence or to chase a bird. Obstruct their view or get help from professionals from a credible puppy school if that’s something that is becoming a problem. It is important to note that if you observe your dog jumping and growling or showing their teeth, this is a sign of aggressive behaviour and you should enlist the help of a professional dog trainer. If you would like any help with Jumping behaviour, Contact Us.
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