Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Ontario Canada
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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.
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
Member of IAABC ,International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants , Member of Pet Professional Guild