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Old 09-07-2013, 02:21 PM
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How to stop jumping up?

Raffles is doing great on most things, but I'm not sure how to deal with jumping up. I watched the video, put treats on the floor and he doesn't jump when we're standing but does when we're sitting. I've tried getting him to sit + treat, even taught him lie down this way, but he still must keep jumping up (paws on the knees). Maybe he thinks he has to jump up to then get a treat by sitting? He's being doing this for a week (we've only had him a week!), so is it just time? And what's the best way to get him down? He has at least stopped biting so hard and scrabbling with claws. Thanks in advance for any tips! PS, he's a 4 months old hound cross.
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Hello. With Bella we just turned our back and ignored her until she had paws on the ground, then praise and treat. It didn't take long before she caught on. She jumps or attention and love and once she realised that jumping had the opposite effect the jumping decreased. She does still jump but you only have to look away for a second and she sits waiting for love. Hope this helps
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^ That.
Ignore, THEN once on the ground praise and treat. Never EVER let the dog jump. Even once can mess things up and confuse the dog.
Good luck!

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Old 09-10-2013, 12:04 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I guess it's just perseverance! It's hard to ignore when he grabs hold of something though - hand, sleeve etc. He is getting better slowly though. I think training my non-doggy husband is harder though!
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Yes, that's tougher. And those people who say "it's ok I don't mind them jumping up". Keep at it though
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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.
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Thanks Tigger, that's very useful. We tried it just now and effective initially, his attention was then diverted to the slippers, but 'leave it' paid off, followed by a treat, a sit, and a treat. I hope that was right! I'm sure we'll get there in the end
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