Cocker Spaniels are sweet and affectionate dogs. They love to have fun with their families, and sometimes this means jumping up to show their excitement. When your Cocker Spaniel is happy, he will show that energy however you allow him to show it. He won’t think jumping up is not a tolerable thing until your train him not to do it. When your Cocker Spaniel jumps up, he might think he’s showing you just how much he loves you and missed you, but in reality, he could destroy your clothing or anger your guests. Your Cocker Spaniel can be trained to find other ways to greet you or ask for something without jumping up onto you or your guests. Training your Cocker Spaniel not to jump up is an important training for him to show great manners.
Once your Cocker Spaniel has basic obedience down, begin to train him not to jump up. In order to train him not to jump, you will have to give him alternatives and expectations instead of jumping up. When you are coming through the door, for example, you can train him to lie down instead of jumping up. This will give him an activity to do and, of course, a reward, while he waits for you to get into the door. Training a Cocker Spaniel puppy that jumping up on you is not good manners will take a bit of time and patience. Training an older Cocker Spaniel to change his behaviors will take a bit longer, but is certainly possible.
Before you start training your Cocker Spaniel not to jump up, you will need to understand the methods and prepare spaces for your pup to be during the situations when he normally jumps up. Have lots of treats on hand for rewarding positive behaviors. If you choose to train with guests, have a few friends ready to come over to greet your Cocker Spaniel and see his new manners in training.
When rusty is out for a walk either on his lead or off his lead he jumps up at people in excitement. He does this in any setting when people arrive or he sees people. It’s making walks very hard
Hello Robert, Check out the article linked below and the Step Toward and Leash methods. Recruit people you know to meet you on walks and instruct them how to step toward her, then reward her when she sits instead. Hold any treats you give her below her head or drop them on the floor - so she will get into the habit of looking down when greeting people, which also helps her not jump up. When you come across a person who doesn't know to do the step toward method with her, then use the Leash method to correct her yourself and instruct the person to please not pet her until she sits because you teaching her polite manners. You want her to think that: Jumping = correction AND Sitting = petting and treats. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump Also, I suggest not letting her off leash around other people who won't do the step toward method with her until she is doing better. Jumping on someone, then being petted and not corrected for jumping will make training her not to jump 3x as hard. If you wait until she has a habit of sitting to get attention, then she should automatically sit when meeting new people because she expects that to get her attention or rewards. A temporary sacrifice of more freedom for a long term gain. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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