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    Question Stopping a Big Dog Jumping Up on People?

    Alright then, so I have the lovely CharlieGirl staying with me for a couple of months, she's a white shepherd, 2 1/2 years old.

    On the whole she's well behaved excpet for ONE issue...she jumps up at you all the time! It became very obvious today when I let her out of her run when I got home. A couple of times she nearly knocked me over, I'd really like to get this sorted as her owner is elderly and when she goes home I don't want him to get flattened.

    She does it out of excitement, she's so happy to see you and I think she sees it as a form of play.

    When I have seen it coming, I either turn away or put my knee up, give a firm "NO" and then keep walking. I don't know if this is going to stop her though.

    I admit I'm not much chop when it comes to training, but it is not acceptable for a 40kg to do this.

    Any help would be appreciated!


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    Isn't the Victoria Stillwell (It's me or the dog) thing is to turn away and ignore the dog when it goes to jump, then when it is standing still or sitting give it a reward?

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    Doesn't always work with a GSD though Bo. They'll just jump on your back instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Doesn't always work with a GSD though Bo. They'll just jump on your back instead.
    Was about to say the same thing lol. I swear it must look like me and Troopa are trying to form a conga line sometimes.

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    Gentle knee in the chest and a no.

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    Try giving the dog something else to do.

    Frosty and I are practicing remote drops eg, I call her then tell her to drop, and I make a sort of cross with my hands in front of me, pointing down and move my hands out "drop". and give her a reward for dropping.

    So if she jumps, I tell her to sit. And I won't let anyone give her a treat unless she's sitting nicely. She still gets very excited though.

    She wanted a piece of my roast chicken lunch so bad today, after trying to jump all over me and every other trick she could think of - I just stood up and walked at her, she eventually rolled over on her back, as that's the latest trick I've been teaching her, for fun and for claw clipping - so she offers that up as her very best try to please me...

    And I did give her a bit of chicken for that. Top effort on her part.

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    Does this dog know sit?

    If so before opening the run I'd ask it to sit, crack the door open if it jumps, or you can see the slightest bit of daylight under it's paws close the door, repeat as many times as it takes. Reward etc when it gets it right.

    In the kennels we had to do this for the in house training dogs, as no door rushing was part of the package. Took a couple of days with the bad ones. You'd just stand there and crack the door then close it crack the door then close it etc. At first we didn't even necessarily ask for a sit, just four feet on the ground was a good start.

    Meant to say I'd being going in the run and putting a lead on for more control. That's if your happy to do that, after all I image your dog minding, not dog training.

    I know some dogs will jump on backs etc but I still prefer absolutely no interaction with the dog. Not a word, nothing. To these type of dogs any attention is good attention. Wear clothing that will protect you from nails etc.

    After you've managed to open the run door could you then possibly give it something that took a couple of minutes to chew, I'm talking dentabone (as a GSD will go thru one of those in a few minutes) or a toy if toy motivated. Walk off and do some short patterns of heeling/walking then release from lead.

    Another thought is to hang around outside it's run until you can see the body relax, just walk backwards and forwards.

    40kg+ of dog jumping on you - not fun. Perhaps also advise elderly owner not to rush to greet dog when he first gets home/awake in the morning .

    Gee what a great boarding place, you get minding and some training thrown in. Packing my mobs bags now.
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    I have this problem, mainly with Bandit when they are let out of the pen in the morning. Hubby usually lets them out but if I have to do it I shove a chicken wing in their gobs. Jodi does not like them anymore so Bandit goes nuts eating his, getting hers which gives me time to get into the house, they run off their energy then are safe to let in. I still need to do much more work with Bandit. Jodi learned much faster not to jump up all the time.

    Totally useless to your situation though lol.

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    CG is pretty well behaved in the house, at night she goes to lay on her blanket, never hear a peep from her. She just gets so excited to see me, like this morning when I came out of the bedroom she started jumping, I ignored her and pushed past her.

    She's been in kennels down the south coast for the last 6 weeks, so I think she's a bit starved of affection too. While I'm not going to accept the behaviour, I also want to see if she calms down a bit by the end of the week, she only came here Sunday. THEN I can try to get the jumping under control.

    NO chance of any training today, it's cold and raining, I have noticed that she's not happy with the rain, she's sitting by my feet shaking, as soon as the rain started she dashed over to lie next to me. Yes, I'm ignoring her! Strike that, just heard thunder, sigh, just what I need, another storm phobic dog!

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    6 weeks in a kennel - she could well be just a bit worked up all round as you said. The dogs in the kennels used to always flatten us no matter how many time we went in, anxiety and a mixture of excitement, though others just took it in their stride.

    Good luck with her. The horrible weather has just hit here too.

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