Recently a man wrote to me about his dog jumping up and I produce
part of the letter and my reply:
"I have been doing the off command as a dog trainer told me since he was
small and kneed him in the chest all to no avail. I have put him on his
leash with choke collar and he is still tugging away. I use the sit
command and eventually he calms down enough but that initial greeting is
a horror story every time. It has become very frustrating and obviously
not pleasant for others. I'll just keep trying."
Give up it will not work. The knee in the chest is so outdated and in my
opinion bad advice to ask any pet owner to knee his dog. Pet owners have
enough emotional problems and like you give up.
If a dog is jumping up, most pet dog owners will have all hell trying to
get a dog to sit. Lets get it right, sorry for being blunt but I shoot
from the hip! Most people have never bothered to attend a training
school, read a book and now expect to train a dog by letter, well I do
not think it can be done.
Dogs react to a trigger like a doorbell for excitement, it is an arrival
of another member of the pack, I must jump to show I am the host. With
jumping dogs I like to consider removing excitable triggers. The front
door bell rings, before opening the door I put away the dog. I am the
host not the dog, this raises my status and reduces the dogs.
I bring my guests in. To me my dogs are not big, to me my dogs do not
smell, to others they are big, they smell. I also advise my pet owners
that what is acceptable to me is not always acceptable to my friends. It
is a good idea to remove all excitability when entering your own home.
Try walking in without looking, touching or talking for 5 minutes. After
5 minutes then talk and love you dog. This has removed the excitability
For dogs that jump up we have to think that a dog will do what is
rewarding, if its good he does it, if it is not good he does not do it.
Simple as that.
When a dog jumps up, do not be aggressive and knee, simply hold him up
by his front paws and in a loving voice tell him you love him. He has
jumped up so you react by holding him up. Do not let him down, keep him
up as long as you can. By keeping him up, I mean stretching him up, and
up and keep talking. He will then start to mouth your hands, then and
only then drop him down. Do not place him, drop him.
When he is on all four legs which God gave him, love him to bits, cuddle
and talk. Then encourage him to jump again, he might well try, as soon
as he does grab the paws and repeat the whole exercise.
It is important to get the timing right, it is important that the whole
family learn. Your dog will learn in a few minutes that to jump will
make you react and he will not find this rewarding.
Its easy, simple and kind..
Commitment, Firmness, but kindness.
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