I have two pit bulls, one is 8 months and the other is 4 months. I would just like to know how can I get them to stop jumping on people when they come over? I tried putting them in the other room and give them treats but nothing works. Please help
Sheila from Jersey City, NJ
My Mom once tried the leg up correction technique where the knee meets the chest and makes the puppy or dog fall off balance, and she nearly lost her own balance, the dog twisted its leg around hers and wouldn't let go. It was funny at the time. this problem is not easy especially with an energetic breed and a loving breed like yours. I would suggest working on a sit exercise and then a stay exercise. Also no petting at all when he jumps and no attention or eye contact when he is misbehaving. I like to teach sit first because it is so useful. You will have to have treats on hand all the time at first. Then get a clicker or practice making clicking noises with your mouth. At each good obedience, like sitting or "off" when all four feet are on the ground within a second of the behavior. click and reward with a yummy treat, no usual treats this has to be an outstanding -get his attention-kind of treat.
After a few tries, he will learn a click means great news. At this point it will be easier to communicate. Sitting involves holding a treat above his nose and telling the dog he is a good darling or so, and when he sits or even begins to look like he is going to sit, click and reward...clicking is the only reliable way to train some dogs, since they are so focused on hearing. Also signals, hand signals will be more paid attention to then just words alone. Once you have him doing obedience like sit, or come here, etc, he will be easier to train not to jump on another person. Sometimes it is better just to have a crate and put him in it if he is not behaving. Make sure the guests are not over exciting him with attention. (02/19/2009)
By Robyn Fed
I had a shepherd/husky mix and she was horrible about jumping up on people, including myself, especially when I was in my nursing whites and on my way to and from work. After having to change my uniform while on my way to work many days, I finally had enough. I started pointing to the ground and yelling NO and SIT. She finally realized after a while that I wasn't going to pet her until she sat and stopped all the hyper jumping.
It's funny looking back now, every time I'd walk out the door to leave, or come in from being out, she'd see me and just sit and wait. If she didn't sit when she saw me, I could walk up to her and point at the ground and she'd sit and wait for me to pet her. She wouldn't do this for my husband, lol. Good luck. (02/19/2009)
Discipline, routine, and reward. I have two golden retriever pups that are nine months old. We went through a short period of jumping. The way I corrected this behavior was to give them absolutely no attention when they did this other than to sit them down, and in a stern voice I look them in the eye, point my finger and say wait. They would fight each other for attention before. You couldn't pet one without the other trying to plow you over so they could get petted also. They know now that if they wait patiently they will get an equal amount of attention. Remember, you are the pack leader and you have to make sure they know this or they will never do what you want them to.
I used a small water bottle to train my dog not to do things she shouldn't. Set the spray nozzle on stream, and give him a squirt when he jumps. After a couple of times he will only have to see the bottle! Worked for me. Good luck! (02/19/2009)
I had the same problem with my dogs jumping on people when they came over or myself when I came home. I tried the knee thing but they just learned to jump on my back or just out of reach of my knee. Now I warn people before they come in the house to completely ignore the dogs for at least 20 minutes, this works really well with the dog however not every one wants to do what I say. For these people I put the dogs in the other room for 20 minutes, and when I let them out there is still a lot of jumping and excitement, but it is not nearly as bad. (02/25/2009)
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