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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.