Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Neustrassburg, Germany
Re: jumping up
One suggestion our trainer gave us was to put an envelope or basket of treats by the front door with a sign that says something like "Please take a treat and ask (dog's name) to sit when we open the door. Our puppy is working on his good manners." Or else, pre-warn expected guests to enter the house and ask the puppy to sit when they enter.
Another thing we've worked on is getting our pup not to jump when she sees us (family) by asking her to sit as soon as we come in for a proper greeting. You can also work with the leash and another person and stand just out of jumping reach until the puppy sits and then get close and pet her. You could hold the leash and then have your husband enter the room and talk to her. When she lunges to jump up you hold the leash and wait for her to sit on command and then your husband approaches her and pets her.
Hope some of these suggestions help. We've been working on these things ourselves with Lucky Dog who turns 6 mos today. She's much better than two months ago, so I think maturity is a key as well. Oh, and puppy obedience class was a God send for us.
I'm no expert since Lucky is our first GSD, but we've seen some improvements using these ideas!
Lucky our 17 month old GSD pup