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Off, off, stay off!

My Jessie is 5 months old. She does well with the sit and stay command. The come command works most of the time but not always. I saw a post indicating that that takes time, so we are doing well. My problem is “OFF”! Since day one we have used “off” to keep her from jumping up on us or things. I perposely do not use the word “down” so not to confuse things when we start training the down position. I feel like she knows what I want her to do when I say off. She is just reluctant to obey and will jump up again and again. If I say “off and sit” she responds quicker and will sit. She gets praised for sitting, but a moment later she is jumping up again. I’m sure it’s just attention getting, but how can I model a better approach!
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Well I can tell you what you already know, which is that the comparison of skill acquisition between “sit” and “off” is hard because “sit” involved planned training and “off” is spontaneous. If you can create opportunities to practice “off” at neutral times then you’ll have more success, and that’s what you’re asking about, right? I know there are lots of ways to teach this, and I’ll let someone who actually knows a lot about training give the “right” suggestions. My instinct would be to consider naming the behavior when he jumps up on you, and train that behavior, because it would give you opportunities to then show him and practice “off” with a higher frequency. I’m thinking of trying it myself, but part of me wonders if it’s a terrible idea. DD taught our dog both “jump” and “reach” and I think they just give him more self control.

When I want my dog to stop jumping I always use sit, though, because it’s so well trained, he will do it even if he’s excited or distracted. I also don’t really mind when he jumps on me, and he’s allowed on all of our furniture, so I probably don’t deal with it as often.
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