Compulsive Jumping VS Controlled Jumping


Let's talk about jumpy dogs for a minute...Most of us do not want our dogs to jump on our kids, on our elders or even on ourselves. It CAN be a really dangerous behavior - We like to call it "compulsive jumping" - you never know when the dog is going to jump on you. 

Dogs do it because they gain freedom into our space, they feel empowered AND it feels good to them. Not only that but 99.9% of the time, no one has ever told them NOT to do it with a valuable correction (making the act of jumping suck/uncomfortable). 
You may have tried ignoring the dog, kneeing the dog, turning your back on your dog, verbally saying 'no', screaming, backing away, waiting for the dog to sit then giving him/her a treat - all of these have clearly not given you any instant results and you deal with the same jumpy dog the next morning - If anything, all of the above has just enticed your dog, it has become a game.

Here's what you need to do to send a clear message to your dog and letting him know that compulsive jumping gets him nothing good besides discomfort ...Ask a friend to help you set your dog up! Teaching your dog that the 'act of jumping' suck should only take 1 minutes or less!). 
Fit your dog on a training collar (Dogtra or Mini educator e-collar), make sure the collar is 'on', fitted snug and contact points are making good contact with your dog's skin, then dial up your remote to a number above 50. Have your friend come through the door obnoxiously and say 'hiiiii with a high pitched voice or simply have your friend walk through the doorway, (a chronic jumpy dog WILL jump!!) as soon as you see your dog lift his front legs up to jump on your guest, press and hold your remote button for 2 seconds, no words and be neutral. Your dog will be startled. Stay emotionally neutral (this is SO Very important). Have your friend leave your front door then try the scenario all over again and watch your dog making a better choice & for instant results.

Your dog has learned that compulsive jumping comes with consequences.

Now, eliminating compulsive jumping is GREAT but that doesn't mean we can't teach our dogs controlled jumping or jumping on command. Before we can teach our dogs to 'jump on command' you MUST correct the compulsive jumping first. this is true for all unwanted behaviors! (correct unwanted behaviors first, THEN, teach what you want the dog to do).

Jumping on command is where you actually teach your dog to jump ONLY when asked. this is great for dogs who compete in agility or if you just want your dog to learn a new trick AND because it just looks cool when everything is controlled, expected and on command! This is where we teach and reward. No, it is not confusing to your dog because it is something you are teaching them and they are learning that it's okay to jump ONLY when you give a verbal queue.

Bottom line is..uncontrolled, compulsive jumping from your dog is dangerous and annoying...controlled 'on command' jumping can be extremely fun for both you and the dog.

Lise LoComment