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TaylorGSDT 12-07-2012 10:37 AM

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I have a 6 month old, male (unaltered), GSD that I got about 4 days ago. The first day I got him, he was nervous and adjusting with my husky/GSD mix, and ever since he got comfortable, he WILL NOT STOP JUMPING on EVERYONE!!! Ive tried to knee thing, where you put your knee up as they jump, but he just knocks me off balance. I've tried treating him when all four paws are on the ground, but then he just thinks that if he jumps up, then gets down, that he'll get a treat. Help, someone, please? :/ I have a mother that just had spinal surgery who would love to see him, and an 11 year old sister who is terrified of big dogs because of a past biting experience with a pitbull, and I really want her to meet him as well. Any advice is welcome!
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Sunflowers 12-07-2012 10:40 AM

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Keep him on a leash and step on it so he can't jump.
Train the dog to sit before he gets petted.
I would advise you to let him adjust to his new life and get more training before meeting anybody.

TaylorGSDT 12-07-2012 10:45 AM

I've also tried standing on the leash. He just keepings trying to jump until he ends up hurting himself.

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lzver 12-07-2012 10:49 AM

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

TaylorGSDT 12-07-2012 10:56 AM

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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Kyleigh 12-07-2012 11:01 AM

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,

TaylorGSDT 12-07-2012 11:04 AM

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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lzver 12-07-2012 11:18 AM


Originally Posted by TaylorGSDT (Post 2649539)
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!

TaylorGSDT 12-07-2012 11:20 AM

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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FlyAway 12-07-2012 11:42 AM

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.

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