Stop your Puppy from Jumping up and more…
Stop your puppy from jumping up and more. How you can avoid your puppy or dog from jumping up on people but also from pulling the leash and stop roaming around the house unsafe. When not training your puppy from the very first moment, the result unfortunately often is that dog owners are being confronted with disappointing behavior in the long term which is difficult to resolve. In this post, we will zoom in a bit more on what you can do to avoid the wrong habits.
Jumping up on People
One of the most annoying dog habits is a dog jumping up on people. This jumping up habit is one that is frequently and accidentally motivated by well-intended dog owners who aren’t aware that this unwanted behavior is actually triggered by themselves. Jumping up can be cute and adorable when that little 10-pound pup is so excited and happy to see you, he runs towards you with that happy face and jumps up on you.
Everybody, including yourself, will smile, say how adorable he or she is and will pet the puppy. The pup gets the message; Hey, when I jump up everyone is happy so I must be doing something good!
Your relatives, kids and friends and often various people you meet outside often reward that behavior as part of being a cute, little puppy…! Of course, this is all done with good intentions, nevertheless, when this charming, little, young puppy will quickly grow up to become an adult dog who might weigh well in excess of 100 pounds the jumping up on people’s behavior is no longer that charming anymore.
Another issue is of course safety. When you have small kids, people with physical disabilities or elderly people your dog could end up being harmful and worse case, your dog can cause severe injuries. You as a dog owner will always be kept responsible for your dog’s behavior.
And just to highlight, it is not so easy to re-train your dog after it has been adopting the incorrect behaviors.
The good news is that you can teach your dog to stop jumping on people. When your puppy attempts to jumps on you or another member of your household, carefully however firmly position the pup’s feet back on the floor. After the puppy is standing on the floor again with all four of his feet reward him or her with a treat and / or applaud him. This way you’ll teach your little rascal that not jumping and keeping his 4 paws on the floor is good behavior. Keep repeating this every time your pup jumps up.
It is necessary and crucial that family members, friends and other people your puppy will encounter follow the same principle, which I know from experience is not always easy. Besides training your pup you’ll sometimes need to “train” other people as well by really emphasizing they need to follow your instructions regarding the dog. It’s really confusing for a dog if one member of the household reprimands him or her for jumping up and another applauds him. Consistency is essential to teaching your puppy that jumping up is simply bad behavior.
When rewarding the pet dog and applauding for remaining down, it is necessary for the person instructing or correcting the pup, to come down on the dog’s eye level. Offering love and appreciation at eye level is a fantastic method to strengthen the lesson and the bond between you two.
The reason that puppies and/or adult dogs jump up on people can be because they are delighted and fired up to see you or maybe they’re just trying to say, “Hey, look at me!”. Most people hesitate to correct this enthusiastic behavior because they think it’s sweet and cute, but it’s essential that this behavior will be rerouted to the correct behavior and that the joy can better be focused when the puppy has it’s four feet on the ground when being enthusiastic!
Lots of well-intended owners, relatives, and good friends unintentionally motivate this jumping up habits by picking up the pup, as part of the jumping movement and therefore motivating and rewarding the jump without knowing it! Also, pushing off the puppy, yelling at it to get down can be seen by the puppy as a reward because the puppy is getting the attention he or she wants while you’re attempting to punish or correct him or her.
This should be avoided so help the pup understand as mentioned earlier when jumping up put the pup down with all feet on the ground in a consistent gentle manner together with celebrating and rewarding the correct behavior. Ignore unwanted behavior, reward the wanted behavior.
When welcoming you when you come home, one method to reroute the dog’s joy and excitement from jumping up is to teach him or her to raise a paw. This “shaking hands” posture is an appropriate method for the pet to reveal his joy and his regard. Lots of people even teach their dogs to do basic techniques, sitting down or lay down instead of jumping up on individuals. You can also teach your dog to go to his or her crate, bed or room whenever the doorbell rings or when people come over.
Another very effective way to train your dog to stop jumping up when you get home is to ignore him when he jumps. When he jumps up simply turn around and pretend to leave while going out the door again. Wait a while outside your door and then open the door again and walk-in.
When your dog jumps again repeat what you did before and walk out, close the door. Wait a while, go back in and repeat when he or she jumps again. Repeat this until your pup finally figures it out and stop jumping when you open the door. If your pup doesn’t jump reward him or her by giving positive attention, applaud your pup or reward with a yummy treat.
Please have a look at this video (scroll down on the new page). In this video, a dog is trained not to jump up in a simple and effective manner. It’s important to continue to be consistent when teaching your dog requested behavior or tricks and to be clear what you expect from your pup or dog, it’s the same as raising the kids!
Pulling on the leash
Pulling on the leash is another habit that numerous pups have and can be a huge problem for dog owners. Regrettably, this leash-pulling habit is often motivated by owners without them knowing it. Using the leash for a tug or pulling game or playing with a long rope that resembles a leash for your dog, can unintentionally motivate these pulling habits so be careful and try to avoid this.
Whether the leash pulling of your dog is out of enthusiasm or more serious like leash reactivity or leash aggression, the important thing to remember is that these issues are almost always preventable and manageable when using positive training methods.
Dogs love to be outside, walk and use their nose. A dog’s walking pace is must faster than the walking pace of a human so it’s almost natural for dogs to pull on the leash if you think of it that way. Of course dogs must and can be taught not to pull and to walk at our pace when they’re on the leash. This can require a degree of impulse control that can be very difficult for some dogs to do. However, all dogs need to be taught how to walk on a leash in a positive way without discomfort so that a walk on the leash becomes enjoyable for the dog and the owner.
What definately helps is making use of a good quality dog body harness and can be a huge aid when training a young puppy not to pull, or re-training a dog that has actually gotten the routine of pulling on the leash. Attempt training the puppy to accept the body harness the same way it accepts the routine buckle collar.
Here is a good example of a quality harness, it’s absolutely recommended to use one as it will help you tremendously during the training exercises.
What I have used in the more difficult phase with my Duck Toller Stippy has been a Barkless Dog Head Collar, which has been very effective. We haven’t used this for very long but has been a crucial part of the training and super effective.
When strolling with your dog, attempt utilizing a lure like a treat or toy to motivate your dog to stay at your side. A training collar and leash, when appropriately used, can likewise be a great training tool for teaching your puppy the correct habits and behavior. When using a training collar it is really essential that it fits your dog properly and to pick a size that is neither too big nor too small for your pup or adult dog. Measure your dog before you buy one.
When walking with your puppy, it is very important to keep the leash loose at all times. As soon as your dog pulls on the leash you need to stop walking and step back a couple of steps pulling your dog with you backwards until the leash is hanging loose again.
At the moment the leash is hanging loose and the dog is focused on you reward your pup by giving him/her a treat (I recommend using a clicker) and walk on. As long as the leash is loose keep walking. As soon as the dog starts pulling again stop, walk backwards until the leash is loose, reward your dog and walk on. Keep repeating this every time your puppy pulls on the leash.
Your walks will take a bit longer because of this but believe me, this really works! Our Toller Stippy really pulled on the leash when he was younger. It took a few weeks but he learned and now he never pulls on the leash anymore! So be prepared that this method can take days or weeks but believe me, the dog will understand that pulling brings him nowhere and you’ll have the benefit of a not pulling dog for the rest of your dog’s life so it’s really worth it!
The key is to remain consistent when doing this or any other training. We have trained our puppy for weeks and weeks and even then you need to ensure when the dog’s discipline or focus is fading away, especially while they hit puberty when they’ve seem to have forgotten almost everything they’ve learned, you need help your dog remember that pulling the leash means stepping backward again and not pulling the leash is the good behavior.
This harness can also be very helpful, which is a similar harness I have been using with my dog Stippy.
When training a puppy or adult dog, it is important to never ever let the dog walk you instead you walking the dog. Training your puppy to walk the same pace as you she or he is still a little pooch is definitely important, especially when owning a big dog breed. When not trained properly, especially with large dogs, you are at risk of having the walks with your dog be like a good work out for your arms instead of a relaxing stroll with your dog.
Another crucial and important ingredient is to ensure the puppy or adult dog is always rewarded for good behavior. This can be done verbally in a very enthusiastic way or with other tools like the clicker training in combination with some delicious training treats. It is essential that you don’t pull on your puppy’s neck. A mild, constant pressure will work far better than a harsh pull and never yank the leash or line you use. As explained earlier just make sure you will be disciplined in walking backwards in a consistent manner.
At a certain point, the pup will definitely understand that “not pulling” the line is more rewarding than pulling. Verbally rewarding and/ or with a treats is important and a great help to teach. It’s a positive training method.
Your Puppy and Passing Cars
A passing car can be a real problem when your dog doesn’t understand the danger that is around. One of the first things we have taught our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Stippy is to “always “sit down when a car is passing. This has resulted in that our Toller is already sitting when he is aware of the car approaching and is only allowed to start walking again when we give the Okay. Also, this can be trained by using clicker training.
Over the past years, we have trained our dog in such a way that he walks and stays with us without being on the leash. Of course, we carry the leash with us at all times, in case other dogs are unpredictable or aggressive or we walk on a busy road or in a city so we can hook him on the leash again when needed, but normally he follows our trained instructions.
The great benefit is that all the hours and hours that we have put into training him do payback. Walking our dog has become a totally different and even more positive experience, for our dog as well as for us! Don’t forget that the hours you put into training your dog will always payback and will be worth it. This is something you will experience every day for the rest of your dog’s life.
Your Puppy Wandering, Sneaking Out and Getting Away
As a responsible dog owner you cannot imagine permitting your beloved pooch to wander the streets on its own. Enabling a dog to walk the streets by itself is irresponsible, can be dangerous and most likely even is prohibited as dogs should normally be kept on a leash. A lot of towns have regulations that restrict dogs from being enabled to wander around totally free, so you could be in legal trouble if your canine is discovered roaming the area unattended.
Naturally, having your dog roaming around is never the owner’s wish but still lots of dogs carry out remarkable tricks and escapes when left by themselves despite good yard fencing. When wandering the streets alone your dog will be at risk to be picked up by strangers with mostly good but unfortunately sometimes bad intentions but there’s also the risk of being hit by a car, bus or truck. Also people can be at risk when your dog is afraid so breaking out should always be prevented. Here are some steps you can take to prevent your little wanderer from going on single adventures.
Besides good fencing, closing doors and windows correctly, eliminating the reason for running away is key 😊. A bored pup is far more likely to make fantastic escape plan than a pup that is getting the exercise he or she needs , enough attention, and is surrounded by whatever she or he requires, like great deal toys, a soft bed, fresh water and good food is most likely to invest his/her day gladly playing or sleeping with toys till the owner returns home.
In addition, a dog with a great deal of un-used energy is most likely to attempt to run away or even break furniture. Before you go to work or leave the house walk your dog for at least one hour or play with him/her so your pup will be tired and satisfied when you leave.
I had great results with a treat dispenser and snuffle mat, some recommended picks below. These tools can make your dog tired and at the same time they use their brain. When your dog is doing puzzles or other activities where the brain is stimulated for 15 minutes, this would make him as tired and satisfied compared to a 1 hour walk. Our Toller Stippy loves these mental exercises!