We have all been to someone’s house where the dogs jump on you the instant you walk through the door. Maybe, it happens at your house? Rest assured, you can train your dog to keep “four on the floor” and resist the urge to jump on anyone who “dares” enter your home.
For this training, you will need the following equipment:
- A bait bag in which to place all the dog’s food/treats.
- A clicker
- High value food reward
- A friend willing to be jumped on
- Choke collar and leash
* It is a good idea to have done the work of clicker training or at least conditioning the clicker prior to beginning this training.*
Place a leash on your dog using a flat collar. Have your assistant, who has volunteered to be jumped on, enter your home. Instruct your assistant to turn his back when the dog jumps and to otherwise be unresponsive toward the dog. When the dog returns all paws to floor, lure the dog to you. When the dog comes to you, “click” and reward him. Present several treats in succession while you take a few steps backward. Repeat this exercise 8-10 times. You will likely need to repeat this training for several days before the dog truly learns the behavior. You will know the dog has successfully learned the behavior when your assistant can enter the home without the dog jumping on him.
If the above approach doesn’t work, place a choke collar on your dog and attach the leash. Have your assistant enter the home. Again, instruct your assistant to turn his back when the dog jumps and to otherwise be unresponsive toward the dog. When the dog jumps, give the leash a few quick snaps (we call it popping the leash). When the dog returns to the floor, lure the dog with treats to you, “click” and reward him. Repeat this until the dog resists the urge to jump on your assistant when he enters the home.
One or the other of these approaches is likely to work for you and your dog. However, if you are unable to make progress in teaching your dog this behavior – give Longoriahaus Dog Training a call. Al will be happy to help!
*image by Tony Alter