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  • Writer's pictureMecca Curtice, CCDT, CTDI

Dogs That Jump: Train An Alternative Behavior

Jumping is fun to a dog and it is a natural behavior. It is a way for them greeting but it can also become a problem.

When I am contacted about a jumping dog problem I hear the dog almost knocks a person down coming into the home. The dog is very excited the family member is home for the day. We must understand unless a dog is trained an alternative behavior this jumping problem will continue.

I live with five dogs and each one of them understands jumping is not an acceptable behavior when I enter the door. The dogs have all four on the floor.

Ignoring the dog when coming in is a start. When coming into your home the best thing you can do is ignore the dog and keep on minding your own business. Walk in and there is to be no eye, verbal or touch contact. It can be tough ignoring the dog but it has to be done. Walk into the home and your dog is going to jump up on you and keep pushing through. Take off the jacket or put your keys away. Go get a drink or whatever you like but continue ignoring the dog.

When your dog finally calms down now is the time to pay good attention your dog. Now is the time to pet and reward the dog for good behavior.

Below I am training a dog that enjoys jumping on guest. I understand he is very excited to see me when I arrive but he too must learn that jumping is not an acceptable behavior.

Training a dog an alternative behavior is good. Asking the dog to sit is better than a dog jumping on a person.

You can train your dog an alternative behavior when entering the home. You can also train your dog other alternative behaviors that is much better than jumping on guest entering the home.

There are management tools that can be used also.

Here I am training a dog an alternative behavior of sit and he is a jumper. He becomes very excited when I am present. Dog's can only learn by training them.

Are you having a dog jumping problem? Now is your time to contact I am a certified dog trainer and look forward to your dog training needs.

Remember when entering the home to ignore the dog and keep on going about your business.

When jumping becomes a problem contact

Mecca Curtice, CCDT, CTDI

Behavior Specialist

Sheboygan, WI.

© 2020 Mecca Curtice Mecca's All Breed Dog Training, LLC.

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