Puppies are a ball full of energy jumping on furniture and people everywhere they go. Unfortunately, this causes a nuisance to visitors and destroys furniture. Here are some tips to teach your puppy how not to jump on furniture…or people.
What to Do When Someone Enters
Does your puppy jump on visitors upon arrival? It is a common trait amongst puppies, but this habit can be changed.
First, keep treats by the door. Put these somewhere out of your puppy’s reach. Then, whenever the doorbell rings or someone knocks implement the “sit” and “stay” commands. Use the treats to reward your pup for sitting still and listening. If your pup starts to stir, just give your pup a look. Your dog will understand what it means. Remember to never yell at your puppy. Yelling doesn’t work on dogs. It just confuses your pet.
What to Do When YOU Enter
How do you enter the house after a long day at work? Do you call for your puppy in an excited voice? Your actions have a direct impact on your puppy’s behavior.
For instance, if your pup is jumping when you open the door, and you are petting your pup at the same time, then this translates to your pet that the jumping action is rewarded. The pup jumps, your puppy gets attention. Instead, teach your puppy to be calm when you come home. This will stop the jumping habit from escalating out of control.
For more advice about how to use positive reinforcement methods with puppies, talk to a puppy kindergarten instructor or enroll in puppy preschool today.