How To Reduce Jumping

 

 

OWNER COMING HOME AFTER AN ABSENCE

Owner enters house and excited dog greets owner by jumping up. Owner gasps as
though dog were radioactive, remains upright and urgently tells dog to sit repeatedly
(dog already has some idea of what sit is). When dog finally sits, owner warmly greets
dog, then immediately goes outside, waits a few seconds and comes in again. Repeat
entry several times in a row until dog sits without first jumping. Reward this with very
warm greeting and optional food reward from pocket. Do multiple entries on several
successive days until sit is solid on first entry.

 

 

DOG JUMPING ON STRANGERS ON THE STREET

Owner enlists two or three helpers for a 10-minute training session. Owner walks with
dog clockwise around the block and helpers walk (separately) counter-clockwise. Dog
meets first helper and tries jumping up. Helper does “radioactive dog maneuver,” then
owner gives sit command. When dog sits, helper warmly greets dog and carries on.
Repeat with next helper. Dog should meet each helper several times. Repeat
exercise until dog no longer jumping. Food rewards from handler optional.

 

 

DOG JUMPING ON VISITORS TO HOUSE

Owner gets a helper to do repeated entries as in exercise #I. Even better, invite over
several people and have them all take turns doing a few minutes going in and out to
practice dog’s sitting to greet visitors. Only use people who can act well: they must be
very rejecting of jumping dog and very warm with sitting dog. One or two practice
sessions can make a huge difference in dog’s tendency to jump.

 

Michele has her  nices GiGi, Nikki and Jade sit for greetings and attention.

GiGi, Nikki and Jade love when Aunt Michele comes to visit! A sit nice for greetings is a must.

 

 

You can also teach a sit-stay in a certain place, such as on a mat near the door, using
the doorbell as the cue/command and a small food reward for holding the stay while
people come in. This takes practice but is fun to teach. Practice sequence is:

1) doorbell ring
2) coach dog to mat
3) sit-stay for 30 seconds
4) reward and release

 

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From: The San Francisco SPCA