Why dogs jump. Dogs jump up to say hello, quite simply. They don’t know how humans prefer to be greeted, and it never occurs to them that they might knock us over or ruin our clothes. Thankfully, consistent anti-jump training can quickly solve the problem for good.
Anti-jump training when you arrive home. Open the door a teeny bit. If your dog jumps up, close the door. Repeat until you can step through the door without your dog jumping up. If he jumps on you, turn away. If he keeps jumping, go back outside and start again. Whenever your dog keeps four paws on the floor, praise and pet him. Anti-jump training inside your house. When your dog jumps on you, turn your back to him. Say, “Too bad” as you turn away. When he stops jumping, turn around to face him. If he jumps again, turn your back to him again. Repeat until he stops jumping. Then pet and praise him. If your dog keeps jumping up when you turn your back, walk away from him, ignoring him completely. If he follows and jumps again, give him a time-out. Either close a door between you or put him in his confinement area for a minute or two. (The point is not that he is being bad, but that you won’t play when he jumps.) Anti-jump training when visitors come to your house. When someone comes to the house, put your dog on leash before you open the door. Open the door and invite the visitor in. If your dog jumps up, tell him, “Too bad” and walk him away from the visitor. Once he calms down, let him try again. Leave the leash on your dog during the visit. You don’t have to hold it the entire time, but if at any point during the visit your dog jumps up on your visitor, grab the leash, tell your dog, “Too bad” and walk him away. Remember to praise and reward him with pets and attention when he keeps four paws on the floor. Alternatively, you can teach your dog to go to a mat at the sound of the doorbell. Watch our door bell tutorial for training information in regards to how this is done here. Anti-jump training when you meet people on the street. If your dog jumps up on someone approaching you on the street, tell him, “Too bad”, make a U turn and walk a few feet away. When he settles, try again—if the person is willing. Once your dog can keep four paws on the floor in the above situations (and you have trained sit), begin to ask for a sit before he says hello. With time and practice, your dog will automatically sit when he wants to greet people.
What is it? Socialization is the developmental process whereby puppies and adolescent dogs familiarize themselves with their constantly changing surroundings. It is how they work out what is safe and good as opposed to what is dangerous and not-so-good.
Anything you want your puppy to cheerfully accept as an adult—people of all kinds, animals, things, and situations—you must introduce her to often and in a positive manner in the first 6 months of her life. Then you have to make sure she stays comfortable with all these new things.
Proper socialization combined with positive reinforcement-based training in the context of a group puppy class helps puppies grow into well-adjusted pets.
But puppies love everything already! Sure they do. Until the early stage of their development draws to a close at approximately 16 weeks of age. At that point, they become wary of other dogs if they have met too few. And down the road, puppies can become shy or growly around children or strangers, too, unless they have met and enjoyed meeting a bunch of them.
Under-socialized dogs are at much greater risk of developing all sorts of behavioral problems stemming from fear—aggression, agoraphobia, and reactivity towards certain people and animals, for example.
Teach your puppy that the world is safe and prevent behavior problems in the future.
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