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  • Writer's pictureMecca Curtice, CCDT, CTDI

The Jumping Dog: An Undesirable Behavior

Over the years I have had clients ask about what to do when a dog continues to jump on people. A dog is jumping on a guest coming into the house.

I teach the clients what to do, to help them train their dog an alternative behavior. One of my first suggestions for managing is keeping a leash on the dog. This helps the guardian to keep the dog in better control. Then the next step is to train a new skill and continue training until the dog becomes fluent. Being consistent is very important during training.

A dog that has rehearsed jumping becomes very good at it. The longer the problem goes on the better they get at it, so don't let it happen.

Here is an example of a jumping dog, that is in my training program. He is about 1 year old and is just now learning basic obedience. His jumping problem has been rehearsed and he is very good at it. He is being trained to help him, become a better dog.

As you notice in this video as I talk and move around, he continues to jump on me. This is a good example of why dogs jump. To stop a dog from jumping there is to be no eye contact, no talking, no touch and keep on moving past the dog.

Jumping on people can be a very serious problem. Dog's that jump can knock people down, cause serious scratches and some end up needing medical attention.

You don't have to be alone when you are having a problem with a jumping dog. I always recommend contacting a professional dog trainer in your area. You can always contact me at set up your consultation. I will be happy to get a training plan set up for you.

One of the first management tools I suggest is a leash. There are other ways to manage the jumping problem. The next step is training the dog an alternative behavior, like "Go To Place".

The leash is a great management tool to get started with. A dog just don't know what to do, that is why training is very important with your dog. I understand your frustration and you don't have to be alone and struggling.

Always remember a dog that rehearses, gets better and learns that behavior really well.

I have seen progress with Tucker the dog I am training now and he will become a better dog. Training a dog takes time and patience.

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I am a private trainer that comes to your home, you can click here to learn more. I look forward to helping you get on a good training path.

Mecca Curtice, CCDT, CTDI

Behavior Specialist

Sheboygan, WI.

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