Another Look At To The Explanations Why Your Dog Might Be Jumping Up

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Monday, May 14, 2012 | 1:46 AM

By Steve Cote

A dog that jumps up can be a awful nuisance. Having been on the sharp end of such behavior many times I'll state with experience that any pair of large paws in the gut or chest is an unpleasant experience.

The most important thing to remember with a dog that jumps up is that he is not being naughty. He's simply repeating a behavior that in the past has rewarded him. Jumping up can begin right from puppyhood where visitors like the fluffy canine at their ankles that mounts for attention. They immediately bend down and pick him up for a cuddle. This reaction provides the puppy instant reward for the behavior. Later as the dog grows the jumping up becomes less charming. It starts to hurt and if aimed right it can knock the wind out of you. I once met a medium sized dog who jumped up so high that she chipped my front tooth; she also broke an old ladies nose.

In spite of the behavior becoming a real inconvenience, in the dog's eyes we continue to reward it. We push him off and let him know off. There's the reward, touch and voice; both raise his excitement levels and the behavior becomes even worse than previously. The dog does not understand the transition between endearing and painful, therefore you'll need to learn how to train your dog to stop carrying out the behavior.

The simplest way to teach an established jumper is to introduce and reward an alternative behavior. Sit is a clear choice but others include supply a toy or touch with one paw. Firstly encourage your dog in the alternative behavior by asking it of him and providing calm praise and a reward. Do this number of times and in differing scenarios, then move on to asking it when you walk into a room and he comes to welcome you.

By keeping things calm and carrying out the choice behavior with you first, you may then ask others to request and reward your dog for carrying out the more convenient behavior. Ignoring the jumping up might be required in the beginning, you may even need to hold the treat above your head if he jumps at first. By persevering with this behavior modification and being consistent you will improve the behavior of your dog.

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