If you have ever had a dog jump on your car, you know the damage those claws can do to your paint job. Your dog may be excited to see your vehicle if you are coming home. He could run out and jump on your car to greet you before you have a chance to get out of the car. If your dog is used to going for rides and sees your car before you can get the door open, he may jump all over the side of the car. This kind of excitement could cause some damage. It is important to teach your dog not to jump on vehicles to protect your property and the property of the people around you. Damaging a car can become quite expensive.
Teaching your dog not to jump on your vehicle is a much easier solution. Finding other ways for your dog to be able to show excitement, whether it is because you are coming home or because he gets to get in the car, will be an important part of training your dog not to jump on cars.
Teaching your dog not to jump on your car could be as easy as training the 'down' command and some patience for the delayed reward of either seeing what is inside the car or getting the inside the car himself. Though this kind of training requires some dedication and patience, it is imperative your dog knows from early on not to jump on vehicles, so you are not left with repairing damage as well. Hopefully, you are working with obedience commands across-the-board such as 'sit', 'stay', and 'down' so your dog can associate your vehicle with obedience as well.
You will need some treats, patience, possibly a second person if your dog is outside waiting for you when your car arrives home, and if you would like to train using a scat mat, you will also need to have a scat mat available to place near your vehicle. Try to remember rewarding good behavior works much better than punishing poor behavior. Training a dog to be obedient is effective when we praise their good choices. When your dog jumps on your personal property such as your vehicle and causes damage, it is easy to become angry. However, your dog will not understand what happened nor will he understand why you are angry.
Hi, We recently got a new dog to keep our other dog company and when we are home but are inside the house she keeps jumping up on the hood and the roof of our car. She has destroyed our car and we do not want to get rid of her but she wont stop. Please help
Hello Angela, I suggest purchasing a pet barrier device and placing it on the hood of your car (or next to or underneath out of sight). Here is one example of one; https://www.chewy.com/petsafe-pawz-away-extra-outdoor-pet/dp/48589?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=PetSafe&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQjw9ZzzBRCKARIsANwXaeKD09Lo5VIkVXexHT8cJJKz5torkjleN7GfERURcmB2e9gw5ePRU5waAkbKEALw_wcB A pet barrier device emits out a signal that corresponds to a collar that the dog wears. You can adjust the radius of the signal to only include the area you are wanting pup to avoid. When pup gets too close to the device (and area you want them to avoid - the car), the device stimulates the collar to create a deterrent of that area. It works a bit like an electric fence. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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