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Jumping up etiquette

March 5th, 2005, 09:56 AM
Ok. Odin has learned not to jump up with us, or when on a leash, which is great. But he still jumps on visitors and people at the dog park when off leash.

The foster told us that he likes to get attention this way. Since we knew this from the beginning, we just ignored him when he jumped, and he doesn't do this anymore. He knows to sit and wait to be petted with us.

How do I explain to people we meet to ignore him when he jumps? We have been taking him to the dog park sometimes, and the people there always pat him and rub him when he jumps. Should I just tell them not to?? He tends to get "mouthy" when he jumps, and I don't want him to get over excited and bite someone.

March 5th, 2005, 07:43 PM
I just got the BEST jumping information in a PM from tenderfoot.

I used his advice and after just 3 tries my pooch knew what it was all about!

Now when I approach people or I am at a home visiting, I say 'please hold your palms out and down, finger tips together and say "off" - do it before she getscha '... AND IT WORKS! People are pretty impressed with themselves and take away something new too.

My dog is so happy to have been taught these manners, she is just tickeled with herself after she "offs" and sits pretty for a pat and kiss.

raingirl ... this is a copy & paste from that fab advice. Trust me it works and we are all calmer for it :)
(tenderfoot, I kind of *******ized it a bit to include both jump-on-you and jump-on-others)

Here goes -
Jumping is a symptom of lack of respect. A dog who respects people will not jump on them unless they are invited to.
We teach the "off" which means four feet on the ground. It is off of the couch, off of me, off of other people.
When he is jumping on you and you tell him off - Do not PUSH him down - that is a game to him and he doesn't take you seriously. Make your hand flat and palms towards him and you can "pop" the air in front of him and walk towards him (making him back up). Do not HIT him that is not what this is about - setting a boundary with your hands and energy is very different than hitting him. Simply create a boundary that he is not welcome in and MEAN IT. If he jumps up and touches your 'popping' hand it will be uncomfortable for him and after a few tries it will no longer be fun and he should give up and hopefully sit asking "well what can I do?” When he sits, then reward him with praise and soft touch.
You as the parent dictate your dogs manners. Know that he will want to jump so set him up for learning. Put him on the leash and have a friend just stand there and do nothing – you approach the person with you dog from across the room. As you see your dog start to shift his weight to jump up, you give a couple of leash corrections (dinks on the collar) and say ‘OFF’ in a firm (not loud) tone and walk away from the person.
Then you do it again. Each time giving a correction for the bad choice and walking away. In about three tries your dog should start to realize his mistakes and stay down – typically he will actually sit on his own volition. When he is good, then reward him with praise and soft touch. Repeat this game a couple of more times to ensure success and learning.
Ideally you have to stop him as he is thinking about jumping up not when he is half way in the air - he can't stop himself then. Try to anticipate his actions and tell him ‘off’ before he has a chance to react. This is teaching you to read your dog's thoughts and to react in time to help him make a better choice. Always use just enough energy to get results - not so too much so you intimidate him but not so little that he blows you off. Each time and day might be a little more or less according to his mood, and as he gains respect for your word then it will be come just the hand signal or just the word and barely any energy at all.The key is that you re-create the situation and correct the bad choices and give him another chance to make a better choice. As your dog gets good at this game, have the person pat their chest with energy and when you even see him thinking about jumping, you say 'off'. Invite him in again and again until he chooses to sit for his greeting.
The problem is usually people teach failure not success. A dog jumps up you eventually get them off and then the day goes on - but the dog never learned not to jump up. You have to give him multiple chances to make a better choice and then do it once more to enforce it and then reward the heck out of him for the good choice.
This can be taught in five minutes if done correctly.