How to Train Your Boxer Dog to Not Jump

Medium
2-4 Weeks
Behavior

Introduction

Daisy is a very friendly 2-year-old Boxer--too friendly, some would say. As is characteristic of her breed, she gets very excited when people come over or her owners return home, jumping up on them to show how happy she is to see them. The problem is, Daisy is a big girl--with claws--and most people do not appreciate her jumping behavior. Her owners have got to come up with a solution before Daisy drives all their friends away and wrecks all their clothes!  

Boxers are very expressive of their emotions and can be high-energy dogs. The result is jumping behavior when they are excited. What may be cute when they are puppies will not be cute when they are bigger. Because jumping up can injure people, especially seniors or children, your Boxer will need to earn a more appropriate way to channel his emotion and excitement. Fortunately, there are several ways to teach your Boxer how to keep his or her paws on the ground.

Defining Tasks

When your Boxer jumps up on you, he is probably trying to express his excitement at seeing you and wants affection. This is a worthy goal, and you do not want to punish it, but to redirect it to more appropriate expressive and attention-seeking behavior. Boxers are pawsy dogs, which means they are more apt to use their paws to handle a toy or communicate with you then some other breeds. Keep this in mind when redirecting behavior, and try not to lose patience with your lovable Boxer, who is just trying to show his pleasure in being with you. You will want to teach your Boxer that putting his paw on you does not get attention. Instead, he will get attention for other behaviors, like sitting and looking at you or performing a trick or command.

Getting Started

When working with your Boxer, you will want to first establish that you are the leader. Work with your dog to teach him obedience commands. Take your dog for walks and participate in feeding time by making your dog wait while you prepare food and then staying with him while he eats, to establish you are the provider of all good things. A Boxer that recognizes your leadership will be much easier to work with and teach not to jump up. Make sure all members of your household and any guests to the home understand that your Boxer is undergoing training not to jump up, and understands what to do or not do when the dog jumps. You will want to establish consistency.

The Start Young Method

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Take paws
When your pup jumps up towards you, take hold of his paws before he puts them on you.
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Hold paws
Hold the paws until your puppy becomes tired of standing on his back feet, when he show signs of this, let his paws go, and allow him to put them back on the floor.
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Reward paws on ground
When your Boxer puppy’s paws hit the floor, give your puppy praise and attention.
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Repeat
Repeat every time your Boxer puppy tries to put his paws up on you.
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Capture not jumping
When your puppy approaches you about to jump, and then second guesses and stays down, give lots of praise and treats to reinforce not jumping. Capture the moment when the Boxer puppy hesitates and decides not to jump up.
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The Extinguish Method

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Turn away
When your Boxer comes at you, and starts to jump up, cross your arms over your chest and turn your body away from your Boxer.
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Ignore jumping
Pay no attention to your dog if he continues to jump.
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Walk away
Walk away from your Boxer if he continues his jumping behavior.
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Reward stop jumping
As soon as your Boxer stops trying to jump at you, stop, turn around and praise your dog. Give him attention.
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Capture paws on ground
Repeat, withdrawing attention for jumping, giving it when paws are on the ground. When your Boxer approaches you and does not jump up, give him lots of attention and a treat to reinforce paws on the ground behavior.
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The Alternate Behavior Method

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Teach alternate behavior
Teach your dog a behavior such as 'sit and look at me', or 'sit-stay'. Provide treats for performing the behavior.
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Practice when distracted
Give the command for the alternate behavior in distracting situations, such as outside in the yard, or while on walks. Reinforced with treats, attention and play for your high-energy Boxer.
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Provide command when dog jumps
When your Boxer approaches you or someone else, and starts to jump up, provide the command for the alternate behavior, 'sit-stay' or 'sit and look at me'.
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Reward obedience
When the dog complies, give a treat and lots of attention.
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Ignore jumping
If the Boxer continues to jump up, ignore and turn away. When the dog hesitates and has paws on the ground, repeat the command for the alternate behavior. Reinforce the alternate behavior.
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers

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Ali and angel
Boxer
2 Years
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Ali and angel
Boxer
2 Years

We find that angel is a good behaving dog when she is not around Ali how can we stop him from being a bad influence

I also find that on walks or at the dog park Ali tries to pee on everything but that’s not the problem it’s that after about 20mins of being outside he seems constipated

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Jahmad, First, for the constipation what are the symptoms? If he is dragging his bottom along the ground then that is a sign of him needing to express his anal glands. Most dogs do this naturally when they poop. Sometimes they will drag them along the ground to help the process if they are giving him issues though. If they seem to be giving him regular issues or seem swollen or uncomfortable, then I suggest visiting your vet. Your vet can express them for him...If left impacted they can get infected though, so if in doubt consult your vet. Scooting can also be a sign of intestinal parasites like worms, so your vet may want to do a fecal test as well. (I am not a vet though so consult your vet). If your dog is not scooting but acting constipated in another way, then if he is constipated, I suggest switching foods to deal with the root of the problem. You may need a different source of carbohydrates, a probiotic, or some other form of fiber suited for a dog. If you switch foods do so gradually to avoid diarrhea. The movement while outside is likely triggering the need to go potty so that is likely why you are noticing either scooting or constipation at that time. As far as Angel's behavior around Ali, the not so fun answer is she needs practice with training. When you work with a dog one on one in a calm environment it is easier for a dog to focus, listen, and be obedient without distractions present - especially if you have rewards. When you add another dog to the mix, you have to consider that a type of distraction, just like strangers and dogs outside make obedience harder and you have to work up to a dog being obedient around those types of things also. For your dog to obey around a second dog, they need an intermediate level of obedience (high level) instead of just a basic level of obedience (low, initial level). Practice her training in the presence of other dogs and people to increase her self-control and focus on you even during those times. See if you can recruit another person to work with Ali while you work with Angel and practice their commands and listening skills together (like a mini class) so that they learn to focus in the presence of the other one. You could also enroll each dog in an intermediate obedience class so that they get to practice around more distractions. Only bring one dog at a time unless you have a second person who can handle the second dog. You would need to join two separate classes unless you have a second person. Be sure to be consistent. If you give a command, enforce that command, even if that means walking across your back yard to go get the dog and bring them back to the place you called them from and have them sit every time you say "Come". If you say Come and they don't feel like coming because the other dog is around (or Off for jumping) but you don't follow through with enforcing it, then they learn that they can ignore you when something (the other dog) is more fun. When you follow through on commands they learn that you mean what you say. This is harder to do when there are two dogs but even more important. Also, work on training Ali one on one as well, so that he becomes less of a distraction and is more focused on you instead of on Angel when told to do something. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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