Jumping Up 2
Teach your dog to sit whenever you ask him to. Sit at the curb when
you cross the road. Sit in front of you. Then when he runs at you, or
anyone else, if told sit he will sit.
BUT it has to be practiced, and used constantly, not just now and then.
When he sits as you have asked reward him with a tidbit...a very tiny
Sit while his food is being prepared.
Lying down is another skill that is useful. Lie down, I am busy. Lie
down, I want to watch TV. Lie down, while we eat.
If you say DOWN when he jumps up, the word does not mean lie down on the
ground and keep still...it means stand on four legs and don't jump up.
So you need to use another word, like LIE, or FLAT, for him...
Also QUIET is often the noisiest word in the English language for dog
owners ...and all it does is make him think you are helping him bark. So
When he is excited and jumps at you, turn round and walk away. Pretend
you cant see him. Don't speak or shout at him as that is still
acknowledging him and he wants your attention. Only speak when he has
settled down...it will take time at first but he ought to learn that
jumping up is useless as nothing nice happens when he does it...or nasty
for that matter. Nothing at all happens.
If he asks to be petted, DON'T. Keep your hands away. Don't sit and
stroke him absent mindedly as that gives him too much attention and
makes him feel much more important than you are. When he goes away from
you, then you can call him and YOU pet him, not because he has forced
you to, but because you want to. I have petting times...when I call my
dog and make a fuss of her...not too much or she will over excite.
If he asks to play, don't play. Ignore him. Then a few minutes later, IF
it is convenient, you call him and start to play.
Pack leaders eat first, and you are the pack leader...he isn't...so he
has to learn that...but just eating before him will show him you are
Pack leaders go through doors first...so he must not rush through in
front of you.
His change of diet ought to help, but it wont happen overnight...it will
take about six weeks, as he will still have the elements of the old food
in his system. Many foods on the market have the same effect as those
that excite hyperactive children. I had help with this from someone who
works with them in the NHS. One Smartie can cause a problem if red is
what triggers a child. The same with the dogs. Can be coloring,
preservatives or content.
(By the way, red dyes in carpets can cause skin problems.)
If you have been shouting at him, and most people do...dogs can be very
annoying...then stop, and WHISPER to him. Their hearing is fifty times
more acute than ours...they can hear a beetle walk across the floor.
Commitment, Firmness, but kindness
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