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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-06-2008, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Are all your furbabies jumpers? I see so many pictures of them on tables, sofa, etc and Ciceo does not jump on anything. Maybe he is just to young at 5 months??? In fact he seems to like 4 on the floor. Even if I put him on the sofa, he jumps right down. He places his paws on our legs for us to pick him up -- and tries to jump at times, but never makes it. Just wondering if it's his age....or if he doesn't like heights - like his Mom.


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Milo was one in February and he still doesn't jump on anything. He's mastered jumping off but he always waits to be picked up. I get a little frightened when he jumps off the bed because it's high, but he seems to sail through the air and land gently. Bailey I suspect will be another story. He's fearless and already mastered going up stairs (but not down yet).

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Jasper wouldn't jump up until he was 9-10 months. Normally when would come home from being out we would see his cute little face in one of the pains of the french door-- but we came home, and No Jasper-- so i look up and there is his little face looking out from the back of a chair. We were shocked because we had never seen him jump up. So we went around the house with pieces of cheese and made a game of jumping up on things.

I wouldn't worry though--- in fact they say you should keep them from jumping until they are at least a year and a half and the growth plates close.




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I agree with what Missy says about jumping. I heard you should try to discourage it until after their growth plates close to prevent damage to the plate and uneven growth.

Rufus can jump but usually paws at us to pick him up or looks back nervously for us to put him down. He really can jump though. I've seen him jump up on the bed and also off of things. He's only 13 month now, so I still would prefer to help him.
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Melissa's Goldie is a non-jumper. I think it's because she's a princess and princesses wait to be picked up.
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Dasher is just under 5 months and doesnt jump up onto things yet... I definitely say yet cause I don't give him a chance too. I also think you should wait as long as you can with them growing. While it seems cute, they likely end up hurting themselves.

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Well, yikes, I have a jumper. From the day we brought her home at 4 mo. I would try to discourage/stop her but she's quick as lightning. I guess if I had been very strict and disciplined her for it she would have stopped but she had kind of a tough adjustment period and I wanted to keep things positive. I also wondered what would have happened when I wanted her to jump in agility if I had disciplined her for it.

She's been on all those things you mentioned and once even jumped out of the kitchen sink while I was bathing her. At 4 mo of age it never occurred to me she would try to jump. I took my hand off her for one second to grab something and out she went onto our hardwood floor. She scares me to death but she has no fear.

So I guess if she's injured something I have only myself to blame.

My breeder did tell me her mama was a jumper. Tessa prefers anything BUT four on the floor.

At any rate I wouldn't worry about it and in many ways you're fortunate
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I agree that you should keep them from jumping when they are young. My little miss has been jumping since the day she got home and has absolutely no shame when she does it. Her favorite game is to follow the cat to the table when he thinks he's jumped out of her way. She has, however, learned the word "off" quite well.


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Thanks to all for your responses!! Most of my other little pets have been jumping in my lap by the time they were his age. I think I always had jumpers and tried to keep them off certain things...now I was worried why Cicero doesn't try to jump. So...he is smart...and taking care of his manly body.


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billy is a big jumper-- we try to stop him because of his hip dysplasia, but he keeps at it-- the other day we went for a walk and while i was stopped talking to a neighbor, the little stinker kept jumping up and down in front of me to get my attention--

i don't know if anyone watches Mad TV, but my husband and i say he is like the character Stewart and he is saying "look what I can do!"
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