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Q: How do I stop Chance from jumping up on us?

October 30, 2008 | By sandy | 15 answers | Expired: 2133 days ago

sandy

Anyone that walks in the house chance jumps on them to greet them. Then when I least exspect it he jumps on me. All the time

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AmysMommy
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Nov 10, 2008

I watch "It's Me or the Dog" & Victoria says to turns your back on the dog when it jumps up & ignore it. This is what I did to break Amy of the jumping & believe it or not but she was completely broke in a matter of 2 1/2 days & hasnt jumped up anyone since....

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Jason72079
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Oct 31, 2008

teach your dog to sit and stay when you answer the door. On its me or the dog she turns her back on the dog when it jumps up. also tell the people coming in your house not to look at the dogs or pay any attention until you release them

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BigThunderFan
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Oct 31, 2008

If you pull on the leash and tell chance no in a firm voice then that will come across to chance that hes not suppose to do that when people come around. If you keep telling him no in a firm voice he'll get it and then when he does it the first time after being told no you can reward him with a treat and that will stick with him and keep giving him treats then he'll learn faster that hes not suppose to jump on people. If chance knows theres a treat involved then he most likely wont jump on people because he knows theres a treat for him. Good luck.

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daryl b.
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Oct 31, 2008

i have always used the gentel knee up as was said further down but if turning your back works i like that much better

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Tawny N.
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Oct 30, 2008

Looks like you have lots of wonderful answers the general rule in dog training is to ignore bad behaviors and reward good ones! I do that with my dog and some people are surprised she won't even jump up on them when they ask to her. YOu will have to inform people to not ask her to and not reward her when she does while she is still in training.

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Cindy
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Oct 30, 2008

I have found that the best way to manage jumping up is to turn your back on the dog. This is called a "no reward marker." Theoretically the dog is less likely to repeat something that is not rewarding.

The second part of this strategy is to teach the dog an alternative behavior, and that is usually "sit." The dog jumps - turn your back. The dog comes around to see your face and soon figures out that sitting gets a treat, praise and petting. The dog will learn that sitting is the desired response to get what he wants -- in this way you train him to want what you want!

Where problems can come in is that not all people object to dogs jumping up on them, and many excuse an exuberant dog or puppy, especially if they are dog lovers and the dog is frindly and clean. This is a problem because an occasional positive response from someone actually REINFORCES the jumping behavior! It's like gambling. What keeps people coming back is the chance of winning!

I recommend you work in a group and practice greeting people with your dog. When the dog jumps on someone that person turns and walks away. I believe this is more effective than turning and walking away with your dog. This is actually called negative punishment - removing something the dog desires and will work for.

I agree with the suggestions Tonya wrote regarding guests entering your house. Additionally, I would say to tether the dog for these practice exercises until he can sit and stay without jumping.

I don't recommend kneeing the dog in the chest or pinching his paws - these are positive punishment techniques. We have better strategies these days, and dogs are simply behaving in a natural way when they jump. I don't believe in punishment, but rather shaping so that they learn what is required to live in our world with us. I believe dogs learn best through positive reinforcement and negative punishment.

Good luck!

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John H.
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Oct 30, 2008

I think everyone is on the right path. Ignoring until he sits. Turn around when he sits. Then, if he starts again, give your back. Just continue to repeat until he gets the hint.

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Margarel
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Oct 30, 2008

I ignore my dog (turn my back on her) when she jumps. You can also lift your leg up into his chest when he jumps (not hard). Eventually he'll learn that something negative will happen when he jumps. Good luck.

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Kathy
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Oct 30, 2008

I agree with Sherri & Tonya. Great advice. Whatever you decide to do, stick with it and don't give up. Good luck to you & Chance!!

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Mark J.
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Oct 30, 2008

After reading the answers, they are all pretty good, the way I found best to work for me is to turn my back to the dog and ignore him once he settles down turn back around an praise him. Have your guests react in the same manner and he'll get the idea.

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