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Puppy jumping on grandson

I hope some of you with young children or grandchildren can help. Oreo gets so so very excited when our almost 4 year old grandson comes over, and will not leave him alone. He is constantly trying to jump on him and chase him. The problem is compounded by the child who shrieks and flaps his arms. We have been working on Oreo's jumping in general, and usually he responds to the down command pretty quickly with adults. Even when I get him down, when our grandson is here, he goes after him again as soon as there is an opportunity. We have told our grandson to turn his back on Oreo, and stay quiet and calm...that works about as well and for as long as the down command works for the puppy. (Less than a minute for either) In general they just amp each other up. We end up having to either hold Oreo or confine him when the little fellow is here. So I need tips on how to train both the boy and the dog!
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Our little granddaughter is 3. We have talk her to hold her hand out palm facing the dogs in a stop motion. Then to use her "strong" voice and tell the dogs "OFF". It has given her confidence so she isn't afraid of them. We have also worked with the dogs using "off" for not jumping. When Allie first comes in I keep them separated with expen or baby gates until the pups calm down.
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Your grandson is young and so is the puppy. It's really asking a lot of both of them to remember the rules. I think, until they are both older, the best answer is just to keep them separated.
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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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