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Q: Dog Jumping

March 13, 2008 | By EarlyBird | 11 answers | Expired: 2213 days ago

EarlyBird

My dog jumps up on me when I walk in the door...how do I stop that behavior????

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SuzzieQ
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Mar 25, 2008

my best advice is to knee them slightly in the chest when they jump. this stops lots of dogs from jumping. when they calm down, make sure to give them attention. be warned, they will most likely jump on other people coming to your house as well.

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Sharebear57
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Mar 20, 2008

A dog jumps up to greet you because he is rewarded for it. To stop the behavior you need to stop the reward, and instead reward for an incompatible behavior.
The reward in this case is your attention. Even yelling at or pushing the dog away from you is still attention and therefore still rewarding to the dog. (Even something as simple as eye-contact is an attention reward for a dog.)
When the dog jumps on you, simply remove the reward (in this case, your attention.) Cross your arms, look at the ceiling and turn your back. The first few times you do this, the dog is going to come around to your front and jump again. Keep turning away. Eventually, he will stop jumping and look at you. Maybe even sit! The second he does this, reward! Praise! Come down to the dogs level so that he is not tempted to jump back up again. If he does, immediately go back to the arms-folded-look-at-ceiling position until he stops jumping again. Once he gets the idea, you can start looking for a "sit" to earn the attention. (A sitting dog is not jumping!) You may have to ask for it the first few times, but try to wait for the dog to offer it. (Offering a behavior is different than following a command!)
It is not necessary to punish the dog for jumping up! Do NOT use choke chains or a knee to the chest. These methods will only damage your relationship with the dog. He is jumping because he is so excited to see you, and because he has no idea that there is a better way to say hello. Once he learns that a jumping dog gets ignored and a sitting dog gets love and attention, he will be throwing sits at you!
Ps. The key to this technique is CONSISTENCY! If he is rewarded for jumping sometimes but not others, he will be confused and always jump first just to see of it will be rewarded.

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amy c.
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Mar 19, 2008

okay this is a fun one for me to answer. heres how
Grab someone your dog respects, most likely a famly member in your household if possible. put them on a leash & choke chain (if you dont like choke chains just a leash but choke chains work better & does not hurt) go by your front door and start the training.

The other person will hold the dog... & you walk in the door.. if the dog jumps up ... the other person pulls down on the leash & says NO. Have treats in your pocket.. do this many of times & when the dog doesnt jump give them a treat... (id recommend you do this alot ... repetition is the answer... & when you come home have treats in your hands for when your dog doesnt jump... they will finally realize that they get rewarded for not jumping and will stop

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Jordina9
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Mar 16, 2008

Just say down and nudge them in the chest then after a few times while doing that they will stop. If you watch Ceasar Millan do that to some dogs when they jump on him then you can probally learn from his videos.

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Acs02conn
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Mar 16, 2008

I agree with GSDRule. It works everytime, a knee to their chest and they will stop after a couple of days.

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Lauren  S.
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Mar 16, 2008

I learned an excellent technique from watching the "dog whisperer". The plan is that when your dog is jumping or being really pushy for attention like that, to simply stand there and ignore him/her. DO NOT say anything either, not even "no". Stand there firmly, with a strong assertive posture. The dog will give up! I have used this technique many times when walking rowdy dogs at the shelter, and it always works! However, even though that is a good way to discontinue the jumping once your dog has started to do it, preventative training can be supplemented by good obedience training too. Do not, and I repeat do not, scream at your dog, push it, or "knee" it, which is what some recommend. . . I have found that those things simply do not work whatsoever. They only stir the dog up more until something else distracts it or it gets what it wants.

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Sara S.
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Mar 14, 2008

take him/her to obedience classes.

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Nancy G.
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Mar 14, 2008

I take my puppy to puppy school...and they say..when you walk in dont greet your dog with..say the name is spot...hi spot..moms home did you miss me i missed you..well they can feel the excitement in your voice..so the best thing..just walk in..put stuff away..ignoring is the best solution..and then when you are ready..greet them..if they jump on you..no treat..tell to sit..pet them then give treat..good luck

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Nancyrawson
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Mar 14, 2008

my german shepherd would always sit for a cookie,so when i would get home and she would want to be all happy and jump on me ,i would be prepared with the cookie and have her sit and then give her the cookie and off she would go.so she would always be looking for that cookie instead of jumping on me.

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GSDRule97
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Mar 14, 2008

This may sound harsh, but it works well. You need to knee them or push them over hardly. It proves that YOU are boss, and that you won't take crap from them. It's effective, though slightly hard on yourself if you really love your dogs. :)

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