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Get The Jump on Jumping Up

 A very common frustration of dog owners is the over-enthusiastic jumping up routine. This problem is actually not a difficult behaviour to correct, but takes consistency from the handler in a variety of scenarios.

As with most behaviour corrections, it helps to understand why the behaviour occurs in the first place. The dog is not trying to annoy you or be naughty. It is simply being a dog and dogs greet each other nose-to-nose and are merely seeking to do the same with us.

And, like it or not, the number one reason your dog (if you’ve had it from a puppy) jumps up is because you actually encouraged it from a young age. The single easiest way to enjoy a dog that doesn’t jump up is to train from the very beginning of life that this is not accepted behaviour.

We know we shouldn't encourage jumping, but a fuzzy puppy is just too cute to resist. We forget (ignore) that cute behavior in a puppy can become a real nuisance when he grows up. And even if you are a very conscientious handler trying to do everything right with your puppy, you meet people on the street who encourage your puppy to jump up when meeting new people. So now you understand that not only will you need to be training your puppy, but training the people you bump into as well!

Meeting lots of strangers at a young age is a very important part of a puppy’s development. If you teach your dog to sit whilst you meet and talk quietly to strangers it will learn that this is the normal way to meet. That’s right, this means when that person wants to bend down and have a cuddle, encouraging your puppy to get excited and jump up…. you have to say no, sorry my puppy is in training.

Some people will tell you they don't mind if your dog jumps on them, especially if your dog is small and fluffy or a puppy. But you should mind. Remember you need to be consistent in training. If you don't want your dog to jump on people, stick to your training and don't make exceptions.

DogHQ, 5 Goldfield, Wairau Valley. Ph: 442 2365 www.doghq.co.nz 


Quick Pointers to get Started:

•  Ask a family member or friend to assist with training. Your assistant MUST be someone your dog likes and wants to greet. Your dog should never be forced to greet someone who scares him. 

•  Give your dog the "sit" command. (This exercise assumes your dog already knows how to "sit.") 

•  The greeter approaches you and your dog (no eye contact with dog). If your dog stands up, the greeter immediately turns and walks away 

•  Ask your dog to "sit," and have the greeter approach again. 

•  Keep repeating until your dog remains seated as the greeter approaches.  

•  If your dog does remain seated, you can treat quietly or if you have learned the benefits of clicker training, you can click the right behaviour and treat!

by Channel Magazine

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