How to Stop My Dog Jumping
How you react to your dog’s jumping will determine whether or not that behaviour becomes routine. You’ll need to be consistent when you deal with this problem: if you want your dog to stop jumping, he needs to learn that is never an acceptable time for him to do so. You can’t allow him to jump sometimes, but forbid him at other times and expect him to understand the difference.
Dogs don’t understand different moods – irritable or playful it’s all the same- work clothes or a tracksuit: all he understands is that, if he can jump up sometime, he’ll try whenever he feels like it. Why does your dog jump? He doesn’t know any better.
Stop the jumping
Most trainers agree that the most effective way for you to change unwanted behaviour is also the easiest way: all you have to do is simply ignore your dog every time he jumps up. The idea is to withdraw all attention, even negative attention (such as shouting, pushing, or scolding).
How to use this training technique:
Whenever your dog jumps up on you, immediately turn your back. Dogs understand body language far more clearly than the spoken word, so you need your posture to convey the message.
‘That behaviour isn’t acceptable’
Cross your arms, turn your back, and your face, away from him and refuse to look at him.
Now a lot of people make a mistake here: they confuse ignoring the behaviour with ignoring the dog. You’re not ignoring the behaviour because you are reacting to it, you’ve stopped what you were doing and turned your back. But you are ignoring your dog. You’re reacting; but your reaction is for you to actively ignore him. The cold shoulder is a really effective way for your dog to understand your displeasure – he’ll catch on very quickly. Without the encouragement of your attention – positive or negative – to his behaviour, he’ll learn to control himself very quickly indeed.
When to praise
Not until all four paws are on the ground, – and only then – do you lavish on the praise! Don’t worry about the speed of change from negative to positive reinforcement, dogs have a very short “training memory”, and are only capable of associating a reaction from you with what is happening right at that moment. So, it’s fine if you react with wild enthusiasm the second his paws hit the ground, even if you were cold-shouldering him a split-second before.