Originally Posted by austinsmom
I would love some longer term ideas! Hoping to get his training on track better for sit, come, etc so I can interrupt him. What's a good way to teach off?
With a clicker.
Fastest way to teach a dog anything. In my opinion anyways.
Myself though...I would not teach a command for off...I would just teach him/her to not be up in the first place.
It sounds as if you are on the right track in the first place.
I think a good way to teach "off" is to give your pup a different, more desirable way to get attention.
Off the top of my head, one could clicker train a dog to turn in circles for a click/treat and be excited at the same time.
Maybe find something the dog already does when excited and wants attention.
Click/treat these behaviors and ignore the jumping completely as you have been doing.
My point is to basically treat a behavior that has all paws on the ground and your dog will get a treating result instead of a DOWN! or OFF!
It takes time, but worth it to actually fix it instead of making it worse.
By adding a command, you either have to scare the dog into listening, or treat the dog to learn down...either way is not going to give you the results you desire.