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Question Jumping on People

Willow who is 9 months old, gets extremely excited whenever she sees a person or child; she loves everyone! We have been working consistently with her to not jump on us. We ignore her when she jumps, say "off" and turn our backs. We have taught her to sit instead, which she does, and then we get down to her level and give her the love and attention she wants. The problem is that she jumps on everyone when she greets them (this also causes her to dribble pee). While being a small dog, she is strong and her nails, even though they are smooth, can hurt when making contact with bare skin. With young children, she is strong enough that she can knock them down (our grandson is 2). We have tried redirecting her attention with a high value treat; however, there is no treat better than a human so she is not interested in the treat. Even when on leash, her excitability around people is hard to control. Before contacting a trainer for advice, does anyone have any recommendations that worked for your puppy?
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I will be watching this tbreD, I also have a jumper puppy, she gets so excited when she sees someone, I do want her to stop the jumping because she will be around small children soon, we are having visitors I July, and I would like to see if I can do some train before they get here.

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Part of this is age-related. While you do need to work on it, thet also just get less excitable and have more self-control as they grow up.

Later today, I'll make ashort video on "parking", which is very useful in a situation like this.

Submissive/excited peeing is also something that USUALLY wanes with muturity, though not always. Not sure there is a way to "train" that, more an issue of keeping the dog calm.

Mostly, this is all an issue of management at 9 months. Don't ALLOW. Her to practice jumping at this age, when she doesn't have sufficient self control. Put her in her ex-pen and tell people to totally ignore her when they first enter the house. When she settles, let them go to greet her in the pen, but ONLY if she will keep all 4 feet on the ground. At their current ages, I would keep her in the ex-pen, on a leash or in your arms at all times around the toddler.
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Thank you, Karen. I look forward to seeing your "parking" video. I, too, believe that a lot of Willow's behavior is due to her age as she is a very mellow puppy in general, and hopefully, she will also outgrow the pee dribble once she has matured and calmed down.
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When Truffles was younger she would get so excited, jump and dribble when I came home from work or someone visited. She did that for quite awhile and it finally stopped.

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I taught sprocket a "place" command I use an old place mat and used what my trainer calls shaping to get him to lay on it we still use the mat but eventually should be able to have him do it anywhere he does a great job of going to place when I lay down his mat it's the magic food mat right now lol but all I have to do is lay it down say place and he runs and lays on it instead of jumping on me
Has worked really well so far and he's 8 months old just like your puppies he tends to try to jump up if too excited
It took some time and at first I honestly thought the shaping was worthless he wasn't getting it at all but he eventually figured it out and now I love shaping!!



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I taught sprocket a "place" command I use an old place mat and used what my trainer calls shaping to get him to lay on it we still use the mat but eventually should be able to have him do it anywhere he does a great job of going to place when I lay down his mat it's the magic food mat right now lol but all I have to do is lay it down say place and he runs and lays on it instead of jumping on me
Has worked really well so far and he's 8 months old just like your puppies he tends to try to jump up if too excited
It took some time and at first I honestly thought the shaping was worthless he wasn't getting it at all but he eventually figured it out and now I love shaping!!



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That is a wonderful solution for people who are willing to do the training!!!


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jumping up is a method to invite play , a social greeting attempt or an attempt to control an excited situation. We quite often unintentionally classically condition it. Make it clear right from the start that jumping will not bring any rewards. Many people are not strict with this and even the smallest interaction is encouraging to a dog. Avoid playing with your dog in a way that will encourage jumping up on you. What happens is that a dog reaches a level at which he is unable to control his built-up energy. When a dog hits this point, he often releases some of the energy in the form of a behavior such as jumping or barking. A good way to deal with this is through training in which you will gradually increase the level of energy/ excitement in your dog, in order for him to learn how to deal with it at each level. Training alternative behaviors also goes hand in hand with this process. For example, if you ignore your dog when he jumps five times, but then on the sixth time you pay attention to him or start petting him, this just reinforces for him that jumping works, eventually. Training an alternative behavior is a first step. If you wish to use the sit or down command for example, be aware that your dog needs to be fluent in performing these exercises, he needs to have reached the generalization point (which means that the sit or down command is to be performed regardless of the environment and situation). Ignore the dog until he performs what you want him to do and then reward him. This can be done by using the clicker (marker) training principles or if you are fast enough, even without a clicker. Just make sure that you are ignoring what you donít want and rewarding only what you do want.

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submissive and excited peeing are different things Here is more on this http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/l...on_in_Dogs.pdf

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Is it possible to have the dogs ONLY jump on you (owner) and not stranger?
I know I don't mind my dogs doing it to me and even like it sometimes since they are small dogs. But I don't like them doing it to strangers.
It wasn't a problem when I only had Zelda. She is naturally stranger wary and would not "jump" on strangers. Even with family she's only gently put her front paws up on you.
Link is a bit different. He's just more physical in everyway in life and loves any stranger. I either warn people or physically keep him from jumping if some stranger wants to pet him. But his jumping doens't bother me personally. Until he suddenly develop "pushing" in addition to jumping, that crossed my line and I stopped that pretty quickly.
I figured it is a "all or nothing" deal but I am curious.

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