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Old 08-21-2017, 01:35 PM
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Dog often sitting and then jumping up (quick replies much appreciated)

Iím trying to help some folks with their dog. He jumps up on people more than any other dog Iíve ever met. (He's a medium-sized mixed breed dog with a narrow/slender body type, about a year and a half old. He gets a good amount of exercise because his owners go out running for miles through the mountains pretty much every morning, and their dogs run loose with them.)

I try to encourage everyone to only reward him for keeping four on the floor, and Iíve tried to work with him on "Sit" and "Down" cues. I think that it can be difficult to ignore his jumping because he is so persistent and sometimes it's painful.

He now offers up sits a lot, but when people donít give him attention for sitting, he bounces up and jumps on people. I try to give him attention for sitting before he has a chance to jump, but he constantly wants attention for sitting and will often sit and wait for attention, then jump if you canít pay attention to him at that moment.

I was working on rewarding him for holding longer sits (treating multiple times during the sit) and working on spacing out the rewards more and more. But I think that one of his owners feels like I'm rewarding him too much and that I'm encouraging him to offer up sits (and then jump if he's not rewarded right away).

I've also tried just responding to certain sits (that he offers up on his own) by petting him (or giving him treats or toys), but other times just acknowledging him with verbal praise or not particularly responding in any way.

Other thoughts...

* Work up to waiting longer & longer before marking the sit (with a clicker or marker word) and only rewarding once. (Would this be better than what I'm currently doing, and why?) Of course I wouldn't only make it more difficult; I would vary the times before marking the behavior as correct.

* Work on only rewarding him (with food or toys) for sitting with the "Sit" cue, but not for sitting on his own... although if he sits on his own, can I at least acknowledge it with verbal praise?

* Reward other non-jumping behaviors such as just walking with four-on-the-floor, lying down, etc.

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Other random note: One of his owners told me that when they are out running, the dog will often randomly sit and expect a reward, then jump up on his owners since they are busy running and do not acknowledge him in that moment.

I have been wondering if it would help for them to occasionally toss him a kibble just for running nearby with all his paws on the ground (before he gets a chance to jump up)... however, do you think that we would have to worry about bloat due to his consuming food (even little bits) while doing intense exercise? (I'll ask our vet too, but all input appreciated!)

Thank you so much!
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:52 PM
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If you train him to sit, it would be even better if everytime he jumps on someone, he should be told to sit, it would be making a point of no jumping. This means he doesn't have to be scolded, but also learns, that instead of jumping, sitting will have a better result. Hopefully he'll be a smart dog and catch on.

That's all I can tell you, I'm no expert, this is just my opinion!
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Old 09-16-2017, 03:41 PM
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Sounds like he has a behavior chain going. Sit and get attention, person stops giving attention, jump up then sit to regain attention. You are going to have to break the chain.

I'd give him a consequence for jumping, such as as soon as he jumps to regain attention the humans leave the room, or he gets put in a different room, for a couple minutes before he's allowed in. While doing that make sure to heavily reward him for not jumping, lots of low key attention (he does not sound like a dog you want to get wound up LOL), treats, some play time with a favorite toy, whatever works for the owner.

I can see the sitting behavior and jumping up, getting more ingrained if they start rewarding him for it. It might be better for them to randomly reward him for checking in rather then for sitting. Right when he comes up to them they could drop a reward, before he has a chance to do anything, but keep it random. I don't think the treats will hurt so long as they keep them small (think size of a pea) and don't give him too many of them.
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Lightbulb Tether.

If he's tethered so that he cannot possibly *touch* someone - even if he's on his hind-legs & reaches with his paws, they're out of reach - he can learn that no interactions happen UNTIL his butt's on the substrate.

This is LAYLA - an adult F Golden-Ret. with a jumping-obsession; she's hurt several adults, & this behavior must be stopped.

This is clip #1 of a series of 7 - there's a bonus clip; each is 10-mins or less long, all well-worth watching.

- terry

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Old 09-22-2017, 10:12 PM
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You may want to look into training the dog with a leash/tether and have someone who the dog is friends with to stand a distance from the dog. It is pretty important for the person approaching to be able to get completely out of the way and turn away and not to pay any attention to the dog when he gets up. When the other person approaches him that's when he's going to want to get up but this is the time when the person approaching should take away all of their attention completely by using their body language (i.e turn away/retreat). When he decides to sit then you can reward him by giving him attention (which is what he is looking for to begin with), it doesn't have to be treats/food.

This is a good way for the dog to learn how to make decisions about how to correctly ask for attention when he gets excited.

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