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Who doesn’t love attention?

Ever wondered why your dog keeps jumping up on you even though you push him away with your hands, look him in the eye and tell him no? This is a common problem that many people deal with and you’re not alone! So let’s take a look at what those actions means to your dog. Touching, looking and speaking to your dog all indicate to him that you’re giving in to his attention seeking demands. 

What should you do instead? The opposite! When your dog jumps up on you; look away, turn your body to the side and zip those lips! This is just one way to communicate with your dog that you do not approve of his behaviour. When he is calm and he has stopped jumping, reward your dog for having all four feet on the floor. That way he learns with black and white communication; jumping up gives him no attention, but having all four feet on the floor allows him to have treats. 

Consistency is key. Just like humans, dogs need to learn with repetition. Ensure that everyone in the household is using the same methods and that they don’t give in because once they do, all that hard work will be undone. You can also ask visitors to ignore your dog when they walk in to the house and reward when all four paws are on the ground. 

If you try this new technique and it only lasts for a short time it means your dog is incredibly intelligent and is trying different ways to get what he wants! Contact us to learn more than one way to stop him from jumping up. This way you’ll always be one step ahead of your dogs’ quick learning abilities. 

Emilia Borkowski 
Qualified Dog Trainer and Behaviourist
21/09/19

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