09-10-2013, 01:04 AM
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Assuming that you being lower to him and more at his level when you're sitting is reinforcing, the best thing you can do is to stand up. He LIKES you being close to his level. This is likely because you spend a lot of time playing and working with him sitting on the ground or squatting or bending over. It's pretty natural for us.
If he jumps on you when you're sitting, it's harder to ignore because everything is at his level. He's free to grab hands, sleeves, get in your face, etc. And it's almost impossible to NOT reinforce him, even unintentionally.
So sit down. He jumps? Stand up. Sit back down. Does he jump? Yes? Stand up and repeat. Does he jump? No? Praise and attention for all 4 paws on the floor, or give an alternative behavior like "sit" to reinforce. Eventually he will learn that when you are sitting, if he jumps, he gets ignored. If he doesn't, he gets attention.