You’ve just walked through the door and of course, your pooch is keen to see you. While you’re also glad to see him, there are a few things you need to do before you can sit down and give him some attention. He’s not prepared to wait though; he jumps up at you to try and get your attention. He may be small, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get some serious height when he leaps into the air. It’s a habit that only seems to be getting worse. It’s particularly annoying when he jumps up at guests who don’t know quite what to do.
You need to get a handle on this behavior now, or he’s going to be causing jumping havoc for years to come. Training him not to jump will be worth it. It will show him that giving him attention is strictly on your terms.
Fortunately, training your small dog not to jump up is relatively straightforward. You’ll need to take a number of steps to deter him from wanting to jump up in the first place. You’ll also need to reinforce the behavior you do want to see instead. Food and toys will be used to motivate him to keep firmly on the ground. If he’s a puppy then breaking the habit could take as little as a few days. If he’s older and been jumping up for years then you may need ten days to fully kick the habit.
Succeed with this training and you’ll find it’s easier to keep him off furniture and away from food on the table. Not to mention he won’t be the impolite host that leaps up at guests, something you particularly don’t want if they’re in nice, clean clothes.
Before you can get to work you’ll need to gather a few bits. Tasty treats or his favorite food will be needed to motivate him throughout training. You’ll also need a spray water bottle and possibly a deterrence collar for one of the methods below.
You’ll also need to set aside 10 minutes each day for training. Try and find time where you won’t be distracted by a noisy household.
The only other things you need are patience and a pro-active attitude. With all of that, you’re ready to get to work!