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Old 11-04-2012, 12:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My GSD is 14 weeks old and she knows, sit, lay down, and shake. When she goes for the shake sometimes she tries to sit back on her butt and puts both paws up more like the "UP" command would be. Is it ok to teach UP? I am afraid it will encourage jumping on people. Down command has not been learned and is probably going to take a while. Any suggestions on UP and help with tips on teaching DOWN would be great! Thanks!
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When I pat my chest, my dogs are allowed to jump up and give me standing hug. Jumping is not allowed on strangers or when command is not given. I like my dogs a little nutty though so I like them jumping and pouncing on me

But if you train properly, your dog should be able to differentiate between when it is allowed and when not.

To teach down, take a piece of food (soft, very stinky and smelly, high value and easy to eat in one quick gulp - just enough for him to get the taste and smell of the treat), have the dog in a sit, lean down and slowly draw your hand out so the dog reaches out and goes into a natural down. Treat her as soon as she starts going down. Eventually start treating only she is completely down. Deliver the treat quickly within a second. You want her to quickly associate the behavior with the treat. Then add a command along with the motion. Do short 5 min sessions throughout the day. Do not overload her. Work just on down until she gets it. As soon as she does one right, end the session on a positive note. Lots of praise and encouragement. Later on, when she is older, you can introduce corrections after she has learned the behavior but starts to exhibit an obstinate attitude.
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It sounds like she's just putting both feet up in the air instead of one, but still remaining in a sit? Are her feet actually ON you, or just up off the ground with her balancing on her butt? That's not the same thing as jumping on a person, so I don't think it will become a problem to train her to do it on cue.

That doesn't meant that you won't ALSO have a problem with jumping on people, just that this particular command shouldn't cause it. I actually use "up" as my command to jump up on something, but you can pair any command that makes sense to you with any behavior.

Here's a recent thread on teaching down: Troubles with down
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My GSD is 14 weeks old and she knows, sit, lay down, and shake. When she goes for the shake sometimes she tries to sit back on her butt and puts both paws up more like the "UP" command would be. Is it ok to teach UP? I am afraid it will encourage jumping on people. Down command has not been learned and is probably going to take a while. Any suggestions on UP and help with tips on teaching DOWN would be great! Thanks!
I'm confused. You said she knows "lay down" but then said "Down command has not been learned". Do you mean "off"?
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Sorry, we taught her lay, not lay down. Down is what we use when she tries to stand up and get on you.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I taught Piper "off" (4 paws on the ground), and she pretty consistently listens to that. I reward her when she listens, no matter what. I want to make sure that she is 100% with off before teaching her "up", because I want her to understand that even though I've told her she can be up, she has to 'off' when I say so.

Perhaps you could try in this order?
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