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Old 01-10-2014, 10:27 AM
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Help with jumping up!

My 14 week old has built in springs in her back legs. Although she still tries to jump up when greeting us, we have been working on it and if we ignore, she will sit and (impatiently) wait for us to give her attention. How do we stop the BOUNCING that happens when she is excited!? for example... carrying treats in my hand to do a training session, she bounces exitedly beside me, or when I bring her food dish full to where she eats, she bounces along beside me. She isn't jumping up on me, and when I stop moving, she sits... but I don't exactly want a rabbit for a puppy!
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:56 AM
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I would teach her to bounce on command. Then I would only give that command when it was convenient for me - such as outside.

And any other activity would immediately stop if the command was not given and she was bouncing. So if I picked up her food dish and she bounced, I would put the food dish down and go and do something else. I would keep doing that until she was calm when I picked up the dish. If she started bouncing as I was lowering the dish to the floor the dish would, once again, be put away.

Same with the treats and anything else. Good luck, have fun, think as training in patience - for both of you.
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Haha. My 4 month old puppy does the exact same thing, only she still jumps on me quite a bit. I stand still and refuse to greet her or give her food until she calms down. She has gotten better, but she's still pretty hoppy. Personally, I feel like as long as I am patient with not encouraging or rewarding this behavior, she will grow out of it. But I am interested in suggestions too.
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thanks for the responses.
Will try to just wait it out and come back... I definitely don't want to punish her as she is doing it simply because she is a happy puppy. She loves life! I'm sure many of you have seen that cat vs. dog diary that circulated online (cat plotting its escape, dog writing something like 'today we played with my ball. MY FAVOURITE THING! Then we ate dinner. MY FAVOURITE THING!) That's definitely my puppy.. she just loves everything and always has a waggy tail All. The. Time. I love it and don't want to discourage that... so I think maybe teaching her to bounce on command might be fun too.
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Yeah, I taught Skipper "stand." She does really well with it. When she's overly-excited, I alternate "stand" and "sit" commands (of course always rewarding her when she does it right), and I think it has helped her to realize that there is a time to jump up on two legs and a time to sit calmly.
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Teaching "bounce" or jump as a command is ok as long as your dog knows to do it only when asked... Its not unusual that if youre holding treats, some dogs will do the rounds trying to get you to give them food if you havent given them instructions. Our friend has a neapolitan who learned "give paw" and whenever you have food, you end up being smacked around by a mastiff, and she doesnt understand why she isnt getting treats lol. Does everything from sit, lay down, speak, high five... just to get food

My pup used to jump a lot and bounce into me. Ignoring the behaviour didnt make it go away since she just genuinely liked doing it. Scolding her and rewarding her for being calm worked great, and she no longer bounces lol. She knows jumping is ok outside and I even build her courses in the yard where she can go crazy and taught her "jump" on command. But there is a good chance she will be between 120lb-150lb, jumping is certainly not acceptable behavior when she will be even bigger than m
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I think the easiest thing to do is to decide what you would like her to do when she's bouncing, and then train her to do it, eg, sit, walk to heel, go to bed etc. It's much easier to train in a wanted activity than train out an unwanted one.
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As far as jumping during feeding, we taught our pup the 'go to your bed' command. Have a bed, preferably with sides on it but a towel or mat can work. Use the leash and say 'go to your bed' or whatever command you prefer. Guide the pup to the bed and guide them to the laying position. Treat. Keep doing it until you don't need the leash. When you go to feed give the command. Make the pup stay on their bed until you give the 'okay' to eat. Our lab/pit mix is ALWAYS excited to eat.. Well just always excited. Ignoring bad behavior has done wonders. When we come home and if she jumps on us to say hello we turn around and ignore until she sits. At 5 months she greets us on all fours (whole body wiggling but not jumping). We are still working on greeting strangers on the street with no jumping.
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