Addressing Your Pup’s Jumping (continued from 11/13/17):
Starting now when you greet your puppy or your puppy greets you, give her the opportunity for a polite greeting. You can still have her jump up or carry her around – but only on your terms and only after she has sat or at least not leaped up on you.
Reinforced behaviors will continue. Behaviors that are not reinforced will generally go away. Consciously or unconsciously we offer some powerful reinforcements. First, we tend to push the dog away – touch is a very welcomed reinforcement. Second, we look at the dog (eye contact is reinforcement) while telling him “off!” (verbal acknowledgement is reinforcement).
You and your family must be consistent as you train your pup not to jump. Your friends need to be consistent with your dog when they encounter her as well. All the training in the world will only work if the proper behaviors are consistently reinforced. Your dog cannot be jumping if she is sitting. And sitting will get her rewards.
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