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Posted by: Nicky | 2011-09-09

GSD - Jumping up on visitors

My male German Sheppard 18 months old is so happy to great visitors that he jumps up on them when they come in the door - how do i stop this?

He also "  de- fleas"  us when we play with - why is he doing this?

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Hi Nicky, you need to bring in some house rules to stop this.
1. When you (or any member of the family) comes home, totally ignore him, not even looking or talking to him. When he gives up and starts walking away (and he will), give him about 30 seconds to digest the change then call him back, ask for a sit, offer a treat and quiet praise and then by all means go play or whatever else you do with him. This needs to be done with the family for a about a week till he figures out the changes and then do the same with visitors, perhaps keeping him on lead the first few times for management.
to help with the jumping up, take his daily ration of food, and call him, ask for a sit and the award one one piece of kibble. By the end of two days you have a dog that automatically sits in front of a person (becauseit is rewarding), then slowly start to fade the reward, only giving sometimes.
Good luck, thansk scotty

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Posted by: Dog Behaviour Expert | 2011-09-11

Hi Nicky, you need to bring in some house rules to stop this.
1. When you (or any member of the family) comes home, totally ignore him, not even looking or talking to him. When he gives up and starts walking away (and he will), give him about 30 seconds to digest the change then call him back, ask for a sit, offer a treat and quiet praise and then by all means go play or whatever else you do with him. This needs to be done with the family for a about a week till he figures out the changes and then do the same with visitors, perhaps keeping him on lead the first few times for management.
to help with the jumping up, take his daily ration of food, and call him, ask for a sit and the award one one piece of kibble. By the end of two days you have a dog that automatically sits in front of a person (becauseit is rewarding), then slowly start to fade the reward, only giving sometimes.
Good luck, thansk scotty

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