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Training Your Dog Not to Jump

Jumping is a very common behavior. Dogs jump to get attention. They keep jumping because it keeps working! Even if you say "NO! Get down!" they still see the correction as attention.

The best way to stop this behavior is: When your dog tries to jump up on you, simply turn your back to the dog and refuse to even look at him/her until he/she calms down. If you don't give attention they will quickly loose interest in jumping on you. Tell your guests to do the same. 

If your dog is REALLY bad about jumping up on people you may want to put a leash on the dog to help you control the dog with more ease. 

Do not remove the dog from the room. Doing so will not teach the dog anything. Instead, have the dog Sit and Stay about 10 feet away until the dog calms down.

As with any unwanted behavior, prevention is better than correction. So when a visitor comes to your door, have the dog Sit and Stay. As you open the door, reinforce the stay command. If the dog moves, make a small leash correction and put the dog back in a Sit-Stay. Repeat as necessary until the dog does not move when the door is opened. Have your guest walk in a ignore the dog. 

After the guest is in the house without being jumped on you may want the guest to reward the dog. If this is the case, have them quietly bend down and pet or give a treat. Then have them walk away calmly without talking to the dog.

When it is OK for the dog to move, give the release command. If the dog tries to jump up, make a leash correction and say "NO" and put the dog back in a sit ... Repeat as necessary.

As soon as your dog has calmed down don't make a big deal about it, because that will only make him/her excited again.

Your dog will need to know: NO, SIT, & STAY before you train this behavior. 

You will also need some extra help when you begin this training. Your helper will be the one that opens the door while you hold the leash and controlling your dog.



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