Lately there have been a few stories about the adventures of my staffy.
Jumping up has been the most difficult behaviour to correct and after 2 years of experience at Dog Training it was definately fustrating.
Last night was a really quiet night at work and I had some great collegues helping out so I had time to sit down and read my Bark Busters book. A heck of a lot made heaps of sense and even explained why Sui has dominated other dogs in the past. I was also better able to understand her temperament and personality.
Sui is a dominant type dog, she has already established I am pack leader and that is most evident on the dog training grounds. No matter how many times I corrected, jumping up on people always seemed to be an issue. Here's why:
1) My correction came just a bit late, I failed to read my dog's body language. I should correct her before jumping not once she has, with a staffy it's very subtle but I did notice she becomes a bit tense before a jump from close observations of today's behaviour.
2) People crouch down to pat my dog, this sends her the message that they are subissive. It gives her permission to jump and dominate the greeting. Instead people should remain standing up and not touch until my dog has checked them out and sat calmly.
From today's experimental training session the results were so dramatic. For the first time ever my dog was sitting calmly to be patted by other people! including kids!!!
I definately highly recommend the Bark Busters Book. It's a great read for anyone keen on understanding canine behaviour.