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Jumping Up – How to Correct Your Dog or Puppy
How do you train your dog or puppy not to jump on you? The first step is to be consistent. Never reward your dog for this behavior. Once you have made this commitment, you are ready to begin to train your dog.
Any behavior that has been a habit for your dog will take longer to fully extinguish, and sometimes may even get worse before it gets better. Start by not paying attention to your dog when he/she is jumping on you.
How do you not pay attention to your dog? Don't talk, pet, touch, or even look at him. Any form of attention will reward him. Many people do not realize that eye contact is a reward to youra dog. Try to ignore your dog completely if he is jumping. If you are excited or make a big deal, so will your dog.
When do you give your dog attention? It depends on the individual dog. You may have to wait until the dog loses interest in you all together. When the dog is calm, call him over quietly, and if he does not jump at all, praise him. You may only be able to verbally praise him at times. You will learn your dog's limits.
In addition, teach your dog the proper way to greet people. This means making him earn the attention. Your dog should sit for any food rewards or petting. If you are consistent, you will learn that your dog will offer the behavior automatically. Training is teaching your dog what to do as well as what not to do. However, some dogs will continue to make the wrong decisions.
The difficult dog needs more patience. You must keep in mind that if a dog has been doing a wrong behavior for a long time it may take a longer time to fully eliminate that behavior. Secondly, other people can, at times undermine your training. There is always the familiar response from guests, "I don't mind him jumping on me," as they reward your dog for his bad behavior. This is not helping your dog or you. The more difficult dogs often times require more formal obedience training from a qualified trainer.
Furthermore, timing is very important. If your dog is too excited over something, do not give him a command when there is very little chance of him being able to perform. You have to practice setting up situations that mimic real-life situations. This way you and your dog will learn to succeed, and in the end be able to meet and greet people in a way that rewards everyone!
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