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#1 amberlee

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:41 PM

Here's another question! On Friday we bought Stanley the 2 year old (?) maltese x poodle (?) from the shelter.

Although he is really calm and gentle, i would like to discourage him jumping up and licking the kids on the face when he is excited when he sees us after being apart- eg. been to the shops, first thing in the morning.

I know he is excited, and we are excited, and it is a natural thing for him to jump up. Is it alright to let him jump up once to say 'hello' and them tell him 'No, down' if he does it again?  Or should it just be a straight out 'No, down' every single time he does it to anybody?  I just feel like I am being mean and stifling all of his excitement!  

Not sure if that makes sense at all?

Thanks for any advice.

#2 SarahVandooo

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:47 PM

Haha no it's not mean, in general it's best to stop it all together, and try and teach them they can only jump up when asked, I'm trying this on my jack Russell ATM.
She's a midget ( even for a jack russel lol ) so jumping doesn't bother me, but she scratches my legs lol, sad that that's the reason but it is, pretty much with her, unless she sits and calms down she doesn't get attention from me, poor baby sad.gif  Lol

#3 noonehere

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:49 PM

We where taught to ignore when you first get home (10 minutea is what we do) when let inside keep you and the children calm and tell the dog to sit. Once sat and calm then pat.

If you pat and pay attention when the dog is jumping you are telling the dog its ok to that behaviour.

#4 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:06 PM

The easiest way to stop them jumping on you is to make them think that jumping on you is hurting you.

The Dying Doggy Squeal is the noise that works for the majority of dogs. Basically, puppies communicate that those bites and jumps hurt by squealing. If you do the same, they soon stop making contact with your bare legs, etc. Most dogs only jump on me during the first lesson or so - I've really only met one dog who wasn't turned off jumping for life by the Squeal.

Ignoring is a fine thing to do as well, but the Squeal is fast.

#5 Charli73

Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:26 PM

Ignore ignore ignore!!! Only pat the dog once it is calm even if u have to wait 10 mins otherwise you are basically saying "us returning home is a big exciting event so go crazy"..

Eventually the dog will learn that the family returning is just routine and hopefully won't make such a big fuss..

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