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12-07-2012 04:01 PM
TaylorGSDT Okay thank you all(: It's a struggle switching from APBT to GSD training, that's for sure! I've always rescued and trained pits and now I'm switching to German shepherd because there are alot here in my town that are on death row.

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12-07-2012 12:37 PM
Cassidy's Mom
Originally Posted by TaylorGSDT View Post
He jumps all the time though, not just when me or my girlfriend come home. And I've tried to confine him to the kitchen, but he just jumps the gates I put up.
Unfortunately that's probably not going to change any time soon. He knows he CAN, and that bell can't be un-rung. My dogs could easily jump the baby gate I have at the door to the cat room, but they don't because they respect that barrier. If you need to confine him temporarily you could use a crate rather than a gate. Wait until everyone is in the house and settled, then bring him in on leash, so he can't jump on people.

Since he's already 6 months old, this is bad behavior that's he's been practicing for a long time, and it's going to take some time to fix it. You've only had him for 4 days, and I know it's frustrating, but you need to keep your expectations realistic, which means that you'll have to manage his behavior to take away his opportunity to jump (leash), while you train an alternate, more appropriate greeting behavior (sitting calmly while people approach).

Watch the videos, they show the step by step training progression. And plan on working on this daily, with a variety of people, for weeks or even months. Jumping on people is being reinforced every time he's allowed to do it, so you need to make sure that calm greetings are much more rewarding for him.
12-07-2012 12:14 PM
ian 123 theres a few ways to stop this but the knee one worked for me. Dont drive your knee into the dog, let him hit it himself, and when he jumps and hits it make sure you say "off" or some other similar command. just make sure you always use the same command. It wont be a quick fix but after a week or 2 you will definitly see an improvement. lovely dog!
12-07-2012 11:42 AM
FlyAway He's very cute!

It will take time. I turn my back and ignore until he stops jumping. Then give him a lot of praise when he's finished. Once he gets the idea with you and your family, then you can start working with strangers.
12-07-2012 11:20 AM
TaylorGSDT For the record, I use 2, 2 foot high child safety gates on top of each other, and he clears them!

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12-07-2012 11:18 AM
Originally Posted by TaylorGSDT View Post
He jumps all the time though, not just when me or my girlfriend come home. And I've tried to confine him to the kitchen, but he just jumps the gates I put up.

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Use a higher gate?

It sounds like you're going to continue with the leash method. Just remember, reward him for making good decisions and not jumping ... that is pretty key. Good luck ... I certainly understand your frustration!
12-07-2012 11:04 AM
TaylorGSDT Okay thank you everyone for your suggestions! I'm going to try the leash one, and if after a few weeks, it doesn't work, I'll be back!!!

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12-07-2012 11:01 AM
Kyleigh So keep him on leash. And follow Sunflowers advice ... it's not going to stop after three tries ... he's been doing it for some time now and he's been successful. This means he's going to keep trying it because he's been able to do it before (rewarded for his own behaviour)

It might take a couple of weeks for him to get it ... get ONE method and stick with it ... you've tried different methods, and now your dog has not clue what you're going to do when he jumps ... are you going to knee him? are you going to give him treats? are you going to turn your back?

You need to stop him from jumping in the first place, and the easiest way right now is to step on the leash so the can't jump up at all - he can't reward his own behaviour!

Good luck,
12-07-2012 10:56 AM
TaylorGSDT He jumps all the time though, not just when me or my girlfriend come home. And I've tried to confine him to the kitchen, but he just jumps the gates I put up.

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12-07-2012 10:49 AM
lzver We are going through similar with our Jake ... he only jumps when he is excited when someone comes home. We are currently working with a private trainer using positive reinforcement / clicker training to resolve this issue plus a few others.

First off, you need to try your best to prevent the unwanted behavior. We have been advised to keep Jake on leash when I know my husband is coming home and prevent him from jumping. Work on rewarding when he makes a good decision and doesn't jump. You will likely have to reward at a high rate in the beginning.

Another thing our trainer recommended is confining Jake to an area of the house and do not allow him to come and say hello until he has calmed. I find this method easier. I block off both entrances to the kitchen and keep Jake confined in there. When my husband gets home, I have started with click/treat when Jake settles and sits. We are only on day 3 and haven't seen much progress yet, but it takes practice, practice and more practice especially when they are so excited.

Here is a series of youtube videos our trainer referred us to that provides a visual.

Jumping to greet: a series of videos






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