Many people have dogs that are constantly jumping, as it is a typical issue. Although a undesired behavior, it is frequently uncorrected since many people see it as cute when the dog is little. Regrettably, as the dog grows, this becomes more hazardous for the person on whom they are jumping and it is harder to correct.
When you first get your new puppy, training should begin right away. Puppies are undoubtedly easier to train and that is why it is ideal to start early, however a patient and consistent owner can train any dog of any age. The key is that you should start the training as soon as the dog enters your home, regardless of the dog’s age at that time, this early action will firmly establish to your dog that you are the alpha and the boss, and will help to deter him from creating undesirable habits to begin with.
Step #1 – Institute an Off Command
Making a specific off command is one of the first things you should handle. If your dog jumps on anyone, including you, use this command immediately. The word “off” is good, but you can use “down” or another word of your choice. Use your off command consistently, when the dog jumps up onto you. Your dog will learn at an even quicker rate if you have other people use the same commands when your dog jumps up onto them, showing your dog that no one approves of that type of behavior.
Step #2 – Teaching Sit
Sit is a basic obedience command that most dogs will learn, and is very useful when you are teaching a dog not to jump. Use your sit command as soon as your dog comes up to you. As the training proceeds, you will soon have your dog sitting when he greets you, rather than jumping on you and ruining your clothing or knocking you over.
Step #3 – Look Him in the Eye
When you are greeting your dog, you should bend or stoop down to be on the same level as your dog. Not only will this make your dog feel happy and well-loved, but it will also take the point out of jumping since you will already be eye to eye. Eliminating the desire to jump by stooping down to greet them will help to break the habit of jumping. After you greet your dog and you stand up, if he attempts to jump again be sure to use the Off Command with a firm voice, followed by the Sit command so that your dog will be reminded that jumping will not be tolerated or rewarded.
Step #4 – Giving Your Dog a Time Out
Some dogs are more insistent on jumping than others, and if your dog proves to be particularly determined to jump then you may want to start practicing time outs. When the dog jumps up and does not adhere to your commands, put them in their crate or kennel. Your dog desires your attention wholeheartedly, and by placing him in the kennel, you are letting him know that if he does not follow the rules he will be placed away from you and your attention.
Consistency is important, and if you are able to consistently follow these steps you will soon find that your dog has stopped jumping. You will find that every dog learns at a different rate. The trick is to maintain consistency in your commands and not be discouraged if the dog does not appear to listen. If you find that your dog is particularly stubborn and he continues to resist the lesson and continue jumping, then you should probably seek the services of a professional dog trainer who can help you determine exactly where the breakdown is in your training methods.