Does your dog like to jump on you every time you walk in the door? Does he have a habit of trying to knock everyone flying with his jumping antics? To your dog, jumping on you is his way of telling you just how much he loves you, but it can be a nuisance, especially if you happen to be coming through the door with a load of groceries in your arms. One thing your dog knows for certain is that by jumping up on you, he is guaranteed to gain your attention. While this might be cute when your dog is a puppy, when he gets to be a full-grown dog, it isn't going to be quite as cute.
Teaching your dog not to jump up needs to wait until he has already mastered a few of the simpler commands such as 'sit', 'stay', 'no', and 'lie down'. Once he has mastered these simple commands, he will be in much better shape to start learning more complex commands and those that are put in place to control his excited and compulsive behavior. Much like any other command type training, you need to use a firm commanding voice without yelling. All you are trying to do is let your dog know who is in control, not scare him half to death by yelling at him.
While a puppy jumping up may be cute, when a big dog jumps up someone can be injured or something could easily get broken.
To get started training your dog not to jump up when he shouldn't, you won't need much: a bag of treats, a lot of patience, a quiet place to practice, and plenty of time. The most common commands used for this training are 'off', 'down', or 'get down'. It is important to choose a single command and stick to it while you are training your dog, to avoid confusion.
The most important thing to remember is that your dog is jumping up on you out of sheer joy. Your goal is to teach him that displaying his affection in this manner is not acceptable. However, you must remember that successful training begins with praise and that punishment in any form will never teach your dog anything more than to be afraid of you.
Panda was exceptionally good at picking up toilet training when we first got her. Very few accidents and she almost always went on her artificial grass inside. We taught her to pee here as we have a two story house and she is too small to get up and down the stairs. Now she seems to walk on the artificial grass and take two steps off before peeing and pooping. It is becoming a regular occurrence. How do we fix this? How would we also go about moving her place to pee to outside?
Hello Samantha, I suggest enclosing the grass area a bit so that she can't walk off. Right now potty training is all about habit, so I would worry more about managing her environment so that she has to pee on the artificial turf, than working on her aim. Artificial turf can feel scratchy so she may be moving off of it on purpose because it's more comfortable to go potty off of it. Help her get used to the feeling of it by enclosing it a couple of inches on three of the sides. Are you wanting to teach her to go potty on the artificial turf outside or just go potty on the grass or other natural area outside. If you plan to teach her to go potty on the grass outside, not the turf, I suggest crate training her and simply taking her potty outside to the grass, cold turkey. I don't suggest phasing the turf outside first if you don't have to because many puppies will go on natural grass more easily than astoturf so if you carefully confine and supervise her inside to prevent accidents, take her outside to go potty on leash, and reward with treats when she goes potty outside, she will likely transition well. The most important part of all this is the crate training though, since you are removing an indoor potty, you will have to be very vigilant to prevent accidents until she gets used to only pottying outside. Check out the crate training article linked below. Follow the times included when you are home, and when you are gone she should be able to hold it in the crate for up to 3-4 hours during the day at this age. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If you are planning on teaching her to potty on the astroturf outside, simply move the astroturf outside, crate train her, and take her potty on a leash to the astroturf until she gets used to it being outside and is less likely to have an accident in the house. There are other ways to teach this if you run into issues, like a more gradual approach, but for 90% of puppies an immediate transition combined with crate training tends to be the easiest approach. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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