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Old 03-03-2013, 10:57 AM
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Stop the jumping up

I know this has probably been ask before, so sorry but.....

Bella is 20 weeks, she loves people, especially small people. When we are out I like to let her off the lead, her recall is really good and generally if she is about to approach someone and I call her she will come. But I do want her to meet new people but she will jump up. I know that this is generally because people are fussing her.

When we are at home I get people to ignore her until she has four feet on the ground. However being a puppy she is sometimes too excited and despite me asking people to ignore her they don't always. She is great with the immediate family, it's quite funny as I will turn around and there is a puppy sat patiently for me to give her attention, she is really good then.

It really hard to be consistent when out and about. I want her to be free to meet other dogs and socialise without the constant fear that she will go and jump up at an old lady or toddler.

So I guess what I want to know is, are there any training tactics I can employ to get her practiced at not jumping up for attention so that when we are out she can go and greet people nicely. I am also hoping this will help the piddling on people too, which I know isn't a big thing but I do find it frustrating, again this is only with people she doesn't know very well.

Or should I just keep her away from people altogether when out on walks? I'm not sure if this sounds right because I want her to learn rather than just avoid, but might this be better for a young puppy.

Any advise would be great as I am willing to work at this.
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This has worked for me, both for jumpers and shy dogs. Teach her an "hello" cue. Use family and friends as actors. Tell her, "Bella, hello." The actor steps up, lures or models Bella into a sit facing them and gives treat. Actor walks away while she is still chewing on treat. When she hears, "Bella, hello", she knows to go and sit in front of the person. The actors should no longer give treats, you give a little treat. From there, they pet her: stroke her shoulder, pet her head, things that people generally do. She must maintain the sit, so you want to start with short durations leading up to longer ones. Omit the treats over time because being petted is the reward.

This keeps her from jumping on people. Since she defaults to a sit they are less likely to encourage her to jump on them. If you see someone encouraging her to jump up, call her to you so she doesn't have the chance to do the wrong thing.
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Brilliant I will give it a try. Thanks
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You are doing all the right things. The biggest obstacle at this stage is the challenge of coaching strangers on how you want them to behave so as to help train the puppy.

Of course as you are finding out, people don't totally listen. Here's the thing, first and foremost you want your puppy to have pleasant associations about meeting other people (so she does not become fearful later in life.) The second goal is her manners. With that priority in mind sometimes just staying relaxed and not worrying too much if she jumps on people who are able to handle it, is really OK. Obviously you want to gently keep her off of small children. Assuming you have a harness on her you can do this without stress to her or the child.

Keep having her meet people. You will find some who can help you to train her. Keep those treats in your pocket that you can give her for good behavior, or also hand out to strangers who can give her a treat when she is not jumping. If she jumps a few times before you get her, and the new person organized, that's OK. Just try to end on the behavior you want, rewarded with a treat.

She will grow up and become more manageable and better behaved. You are doing a fabulous job with her. At 20 weeks, she is about the maturity of a 4 year old child. Keep your expectations appropriate to that, and keep remembering dogs, just like people, are always a work in progress.
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Love Wild's idea.
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I live in a small English village by the sea. The lack of sand prevents us from being overrun with ice cream licking tourists in the summer months which is nice.

There are two types of people in my village; old people and toddlers......nothing in between. Its a place where you reproduce and die.

Anyhow I decided that Bella needed to some interaction with people, I would like he to be so used to them that she doesn't almost pull me over standing on her back legs to get to every person we meet. So I thought I would take her to the busiest place in our village, again its an english village so nowhere is actually very busy, but off we went.

We walked around for a bit and although she did try to get to most people she was on the whole great. I even met someone I knew and afte an initial jumping we got her to sit for some attention. Then she sat there whilst I chatted for a good few minutes. Actually just sat there! No jumping, no loonyness just sitting. I gave her a few treat and told her how brilliant she was, but I was amazed.

Sue I think you are right I think it's part training, part giving her positive experiences and part just waiting for her to grow and mature.

Hooray for progress......it also makes the bad days easier to handle.
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This isn't any advice, but we let Zoey jump up to say hi to people who want to say hello to her. She's still tiny tiny, so nobody has cared at all (where we walk it's other dog walkers, hikers etc), and we want her to meet as many folks as possible! If the people don't show an interest in her, we walk on past...I swear Zoey knows people that want to say hello and those that don't!!

Kasper also used to jump up at people when he was 9 months, especially if they were men and he was scared of them, he would jump up for attention and then freak...go figure! We taught him to run back to us whenever he saw people, he would get a treat, then go say hello, then run back for another treat! If he jumped up he was called to us, rewarded, and put in a sit-stay until they passed, but that was very rare as it meant an end to the game!

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