Friday, February 20, 2009

How To Deal With A Jumping Problem?

Imagine this scenario:

Do you accept jumping from your dog when you play with him yet you do not allow such behaviour from him when you are all dressed up for work?

In this scenario, we are actually confusing our dogs and may even cause anxiety in them.

Always remember that jumping is a natural behaviour for a dog. Hence it is impossible to eliminate or correct such behaviour within a short period of time.

In dealing with this problem, we have to be consistent in our message to our dog that such behaviour is unacceptable.

To deal with this problem, always remember:

  1. Avoid rough games.
  2. Have toys for playing fetch with him and treats at hand to re-direct the dog’s attention during games.
  3. If need be, use a leash during game.
    • When he jumps, simply say ‘No’ and gently tugs the leash
    • Holds the dog’s face and body away from you until he calms down and stops jumping
    • Then allows him to approach you again
    • Praise him when he approaches you WITHOUT jumping
  4. Avoid excitable greetings.
  5. Always greet and interact with the dog calmly and gently.
  6. Teach him to sit as a way of greeting. Remember to Praise and Reward him for greeting you in the correct way.

To correct the dog’s jumping behaviour, combine both positive re-enforcement (praise and reward) and negative re-enforcement by letting him experience negative consequences (punishment) for jumping:

Method 1 – Losing his playmate

  1. When he jumps, turn away and immediately stop all interaction with him
  2. Do not touch him with your hand or look down at him as he may think that his jumping behaviour as acceptable
  3. When he tries other methods such as sitting or fetching his toys to get your attention, praise him immediately and calmly so as not to excite and encourage the dog to jump.
  4. If jumping does NOT stop at this time, walk away from him, which may mean leaving the room and not allowing the dog to follow you.
  5. After two to three minutes, return to the room. Your dog should greet you in a calmer manner.

Method 2 – Using Physical Correction

  1. Say ‘No’ immediately when the dog jumps.
  2. Gently tugs the leash on the dog in a downward motion; or
  3. Squirting the dog with water though some dogs love such action
  4. Sit the dog and praise him for doing so

To train your dog to properly greet your guests at the front door:

  1. Keep a spare leash or collar by the front door
  2. When a guest arrives, immediately put the dog on leash
  3. Put the dog in a sit-and-stay position by the front door
  4. Invite the guest in
  5. If the dog jumps on guest, say ‘No’, gently tug the leash to pull him off the guest, put him in his sit position again and praise him

Remember to have plenty of daily practices at the front door with the dog when there are no visitors. Open and close the door often enough for your dog to get used to the action. Then proceed to knocking at the front door and ringing the bell while keeping your dog in a sit-stay position all the while.

Such practices will help the dog to reduce his jumping, lessen his excitement and excessive barking at the front door.

And remember to praise your dog abundantly when he does the right thing!

You Can Do It!

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Kum Chee
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