You open your door after a long day at work and your hands are full, mail under one arm, laptop bag on your shoulder, keys still out from unlocking the door. Suddenly, two massive Labrador paws are on your chest and everything goes flying. Your dog is so excited to see you, he just can’t contain himself, and now you’re stuck picking up the pieces. This situation can be avoided when your Lab is still a puppy.
Training your Labrador puppy to not jump up on you when she is young and small is very important. When your puppy is young, jumping is adorable and feels like her way of expressing her love for you. But as she grows, her love can easily knock you, or a visitor, to the ground. Labs are friendly, sociable dogs and can take a long time to mature and calm down. They are more prone to jumping up than other dog breeds. However, with some consistent training while she is young, you can convince your puppy not to jump in a few weeks. Taking the time to properly train your Labrador puppy to keep her feet on the floor is a great way to raise a well-mannered dog.
You will need some good treats or another type of rewards close at hand for training your puppy not to jump. The goal with all of these methods is to reward the behavior you want, rather than scolding your puppy for doing something wrong. You will also need to resist the urge to give her love and pets when she jumps up on you, no matter how cute it is. You want to teach her that jumping doesn’t get her what she wants. The only reward should come when all four feet are on the ground.
He just jumps up at people all the time. His recall, sit, wait, heel are brilliant, but he insists on jumping up. Although only a baby he’s 30+ kgs so it is an issue
Thank you for the question about Lycurgus and the jumping problem. Good for him for doing so well with his other commands. I would continue to work on "sit" and "down" and give Lycurgus a training size treat every time he complies. When he starts to jump, ask for a sit or down and give the treat. He'll know those commands mean a treat is on the way and should cooperate. There is also the method where you withhold attention; when your dog jumps, turn your back to them and ignore the behavior. Each time he jumps, turn your back, cross your arms and ignore him until he calms down. If you have Lycurgus on a walk and he attempts to jump, use the leash to gently pull him down into a sit (always be careful - do not yank the leash for fear of injuring him). Praise his good behavior and before you know it, he'll be over the habit. This article has good advice, too. https://wagwalking.com/training/not-jump-on-guests Good luck and enjoy your pup!
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Get her to stop jumping on people and furniture
Hello Shelley, Check out the article I have linked below. For yourself you can use any of the methods, such as the Step Toward method. For guests, I recommend the Leash method so that pup can't jump on them at all during practice to respect your guests' space. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump For the furniture, check out this article, and especially the sections on Off and Up. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-train-dog-stay-off-couch/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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