Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
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Dogs that jump up can be quite scary to some people, and even if you have no fear of dogs personally it can be quite annoying. You might think it’s pretty harmless, but up your dog jumps up on a kid one day it could end up causing an injury. So this is one you want to get handled pretty quickly.
There are a few things you can do to help ensure this behavior never becomes a habit for your dog.
First of all, you should get down to your dog’s level when you greet her. This means should doesn’t have to make a big upwards lunge to get closer to face level with you. The jumping up problem usually forms because an Aussie will get excited when her owner comes home, so she jumps up to say hi.
It’s a huge mistake to greet your dog when she’s jumping up on you like this. Remember, you never want to give your dog positive attention when she’s displaying a behavior you don’t want her to repeat. If she’s jumping all over you and you start saying “Hi!” and you pet her, it’s only going to reinforce the behavior.
So when she jumps up, don’t give any positive attention. These are the basics of preventing the behavior. But in many cases you’ll also need something extra – that’s where the “Off” command comes in.
Next time: Stopping the Behavior – The “Off” Command
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