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by deedee1657 on 4/21/2010 at 5:21 PM in Training

Does anyone have any advice on how to train a 95 lb puppy to STAY DOWN? Kiya is a very loving and friendly dog and loves to jump on people when saying hello. She gets really excited when we have company and literally almost knocks our friends over when they first walk through the door. We have tried distracting her with treats but as soon as the treat is gone, she is back to being excited and jumping all over our guests. Most people act like they don't mind her jumping but I can see how annoying it is and I don't want anyone to get hurt. She is very smart and understands the words NO and DOWN. I really think she wants to listen and stay down but she gets so excited that it is almost impossible. Does anyone else have this problem?
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I trained my great dane and great weimar not to jump on people.

I first taught them how to sit, using positive reinforcement and making sure that they realise we are not playing a game. Once they got the hang of this I took it to the next level, when ever I get home or come out of the house, they have to sit before I give attention to them. If they don't sit I ignore them, remember that shouting and screaming is also a way of recieving attention for them. once they sit I give them attention. It was very important that the people who came to visit me knew that they had to say sit before giving attention to the dog When the people do give attention it should only be an aknowledgement of the dog's existance and noting in an exitable manner. Your way of giving treats to her can be seen as reward for being overly exited. When we work with our dogs, we train them in a manner that they don't precieve this as a game, they know that when we speak they see it as a command and in a sense as "working" This makes our play time so much more fun and anything goes when wrestling with them, but as soon as the command comes, they know that we are serious and that not obeying the command means no attention. Never give up. Don't start training the dog and give up half way because the dog is loosing consentration, I have seen people training a dog to sit and by the 11th time the dog doesn't want to sit anymore and he recieves a treat just so that the owner can go inside. This signals to the dog that he will get a treat no matter what and it confuses him as well. Our dogs are 6 years, 2 years, 1 year and 6 months respectively and by training them in this manner we have dogs who obey rules without the colar on, dogs who are gentle and dogs who are bonded with us in such a way that no one will try and harm us if one of them is near. Good Luck, and remember your dog only understands your actions and if your actions differ all the time they will get confused and this could make owning a dog more of a hassel than a bonded relasionship. Good Luck
Impi on 4/23/2010 at 7:10 AM

Sorry to read of your predicament, a very common one of course, but especially serious with such a large puppy, obviously one that could have serious consequences. I see you have had an excellent comment from Impi and I fully agree with the suggestions, especially about the treats under the circumstances you were giving them, probably endorsing the unwanted behaviour, rather than helping to rectify it.

Especially as the behaviour needing correction is instigated by people entering house, I would recommend adopting the procedure used by most good behaviourists nowadays, like Cesar Millan and Victoria Stillwell. Expected Visitors to the house, if possible, should be asked beforehand to refrain from looking at, speaking to or touching the dog when entering (not easy to accomplish, I know, but worthwhile). Before the visitors enter, the dog will have gone through the territorial protection by rushing to the door, barking. This is good, natural behaviour. It should then be instructed to be quiet, and sit well away from the door. At first the dog should be then put on the leash and if possible kept back, still sitting, by a second person. You then open the door and your friends enter, ignoring the dog(the three above ways)and you then then introduce the dog to your friends.
michdwy on 4/24/2010 at 6:15 AM

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