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Old 01-20-2015, 08:05 PM
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jumping and pawing

Our 5 month old rat/jack mix has been doing a lot more jumping and using his paws the past couple weeks, especially when playing with our older dog. His jumping is mostly when interacting with her. He does jump at the door to come in, when he gets excited, when he is playing, and as I am making up his food. He is smart enough to know to sit at feed time, and before I will open the door. I am doing all I know as far as ignoring him, giving the "EH" noise, playing red light/green light when I can with him.
My biggest concern is that my daughter in law is coming in a week with our 18 month old grandbaby and their springer mix. Their dog has visited numerous times here with our senior dog, and when we had other dogs, as well. But, I'm wondering how to police the play between them all, as I'm sure it will get nutty, and mostly, how to keep the pup from jumping on the baby, especially with his sharp claws.
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I probably wouldn't worry too much about the jumping when playing with other dogs. You can keep play calmer by just interrupting before they get too worked up by calling dogs to you, asking for and rewarding a few easy behaviors (sit, down, etc.), and then sending off to play again.

When it come to jumping on the baby...
I would probably just set up some way to very closely manage your dog. So an x-pen or babygate to keep you dog nearby but out of the room. Crating with something fun during part of the day. When together having your puppy leashed so to give you the ability to easily remove her anytime she thinks about jumping. Stuff like that.

If you want some longer term training ideas let us know! Lots of options, but does take time.
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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?
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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.

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