I have a female boxer who is 2 years old. This is not my first boxer and I have had her for a year. She will not stop jumping on me and she hurts me. I have even tried a choke collar for the first time in my life. If I turn she jumps on my back.
I don't want to give up on her. Nothing has worked. I know she loves me because she was so ignored in her past. I think she will be in this puppy-baby stage for at least another year. I am 5'3 and single and I am using a stern deep voice but to no avail. Please help me. Thanks.
By JD60 from Sulphur, LA
I think a video teaches training better than words. Here is a good one with several others below it to choose. Please let me know how it goes and I will try to help you with this problem.
Thank you and good luck! (04/14/2009)
By Robyn Fed
What worked for us is a knee to her chest. You're not really kicking her. Basically, when she's in the process of the jump, you pull your knee upwards. Rather than her body contacting you (and knocking you over), her body will contact a bony knee to her chest. It doesn't hurt the dogs, but it does surprise them and somewhat knock them off-balance, and it's not as fun. With our dogs, just a few times was all it took. Good luck! (04/14/2009)
Two thoughts; one, get a squirt bottle and fill it with water. Squirt your dog every time she jumps. Two (and you can do this together with the squirt bottle technique), tell your dog to sit instead of yelling at her to stop jumping. If you give your dog a "job" to do, it will take her mind off of jumping. Good luck. Be patient. Be consistent. -Lee in FL 3 dog house! :) (04/17/2009)
Okay, put a leash on your boxer while she is in the house. Step on the leash when she tries to jump. Once she is sitting praise her. Pay no attention to her while she is squirming when you are on the leash. Do not do this with a choker collar on, only a regular collar. This is not harmful to the dog at all and is not negative in any way.
When I had 3 puppies in my kitchen, we used tabs on their collars, which are just short leashes about 12" long. Whenever one of the pups jumped on me or the kids we'd grab the tab and yank it (not too hard but hard enough to get their attention), and say "Down!" or "No!" As long as you're consistent it works. I highly recommend tabs for puppies and dogs! (04/17/2009)
What worked for my dog was when she was up jumping, I would cover her back toes with my toe, touching lightly, and she would get down quickly. That and the bump with the knee, putting her almost off balance. Now she jumps up in the air, which is fine with me. (04/17/2009)
I haven't seen my own technique here, so I'll add it. I'm visually impaired and none too steady on my feet, so the knee thing wouldn't work; I'd fall over, lol! Instead, whenever either of my 65-pounders (one purebred American Pit Bull Terrier, one pit-Sheltie mix) jumped on me, I'd say "ouch! That hurts! Then I'd push them down with my hands until all four feet were on the floor and sternly say "No jumping." Then I'd instantly pet and praise. We have three dogs - our third is an English Mastiff - so handing out treats to one and not all isn't feasible.
I handled the jealousy thing similarly. I've trained our little bully (the purebred and our only female) that she won't get any attention at all if she pushes someone else out of the way to get it. I did this by literally pushing her out of the way and saying "It's Tigger's (or Caesar's) turn, he deserves to have some attention, too," and similar things. Dogs are a lot like children, and I treat mine as such, which works for me.
As far as guests go, hubby refuses to allow guests to mingle with our dogs because we've learned that doesn't work for our dogs, either. None of them have ever been socialized; hubby wouldn't hear of it. He says he got them to protect us, and wants to be sure they'll do just that if the need ever arises. He forgets that ours all jump between us if he gets too rowdy playing with me, lol!
Yep, I have some resistance from hubby, but my dogs have learned they have to be gentle with Mommy! (04/18/2009)
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