Jump training on your dogs can take some time to complete. This is an advanced skill that some dogs do not take to, and others will master within a few weeks. The breed of dog you have will make a slight difference in this training, as many dogs such as Jack Russel Terriers are prone to jumping when excited. This simply means it will take longer for your dog to be able to take to this training, but not that it is impossible to do. Here are some tips you can do to start this agility training for your dog:
Stand with your dog in the training area. If the dog begins to jump onto you, tell him or her to sit. Sometimes, this is all it takes for a dog to stop jumping, but in most cases the dog is simply too determined and must be made to comply. If, every time someone new walks into your home and the dog jumps on them, measures need to be taken prior to someone walking in. Your dog should be told to sit and stay before opening the door. If the dog took this training well, you will not have any problems with your dog jumping. But, if your dog has any weakness with sit or stay, you will be able to determine it now. Have someone walk in through your door, and watch the dog’s actions. If he or she crouches and then jumps while barking, the dog probably wants to play. If the dog jumps high and lands hard, then continues to jump, he or she simply wants attention from the person entering the home.
However, if the dog growls or barks and then jumps on the visitor, the dog is trying to protect his space. Any and all of these are normal reactions to a new person entering the home. To keep your dog from jumping on anyone for any reason, the command “down” should be used. The first time the dog jumps, grab his or her collar and then tell him or her the command “down” and place your hand on the back. This gives the dog the idea that you want him or her to sit. Do this each and every time the dog jumps, whether it is outside or inside your home, jumping onto your couch, or any other time the dog jumps and you do not want him or her to. Once your hand is on the back, and you tell the dog the command “down”, he or she should sit and then be told to stay. The dog should be able to comply after only a few tries. It can take some dogs longer than others, again based on breed predispositions to anxiety and activity levels.