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How to stop your dog from jumping

Prevention- don’t let it happen.

Be prepared by having the dog on leash allows us to be “Proactive and not Reactive”.

Turn away or ignore the behavior

This may work for softer personalities but you may need a stronger approach for more persistent types.

Invade his space

Slowly walking into them is more helpful with the more forward persistent types.

Teach an alternative behavior- sit or go place

Teaching your dog what to do is the best way to stop unwanted behavior.


We don’t want to reward the dog for jumping but there are times when they do need something to do. Using a toy to reward behavior we like or tossing treats on the floor gets them off of us so we can now cue an alternative behavior.

Reward good behavior and being consistent is very important

Puppy Mouthing

Puppies explore everything through their mouth. They are experimenting NOT BITING. Understanding this allows us to come up with some solid ways we can help deter them from Mouthing.

Next time you are with your puppy and he starts to mouth you, take note of what you are doing that may encourage or allow this behavior. Are you on the floor rolling around with your new friend? It’s hard to resist doing this but you are acting like one of your puppies brothers or sisters. They all play with each other by mouthing one another.

Another common mistake is to carry your puppy or treating him like a doll. They are SO cute but they are dogs not dolls and minimizing the amount of time your dog is in your arms will not give them the opportunity to start the mouthing.

Do you or the kids dart around the house quickly without realizing that you have a motion-sensitive creature living with you? Dogs from the Herding group are bred to coral their stock. Running about the house gives them an opportunity to chase you. The same is true with any kind of long flowing type of clothing. This looks so enticing to your youngster and they just have to react by grabbing a mouthful as it goes by.
Looking at some of these common mistakes we make that gives your puppy the opportunity to sink there teeth into you or your clothes.

What do we do when this happens? First, try to redirect them with a toy or use a tasty treat to get them to let go. Then offer a toy or a bone for chewing. They will probably not be interested but keep trying and PLEASE resist from yelling and making a big deal. In extreme cases with very mouthy puppies management is the best solution. Using a tether or having the puppy on leash when they have free time out of the crate will help to control access to you and your family.

Tether for Success:

The use of a tether is a great stepping stone between crating and free run. It is also a good way to teach “Time Out” or correct unwanted behaviors rather than using the crate as a means of punishment or negative association. You can move the tether from room to room and give your dog various spots in your home that they will understand is “Their Place or Bed”. Using the tether will require a few simple steps to ensure your dog is comfortable and safe.

use a sturdy leash or tether and a basic collar to attach the tether.
choose a location that is easily puppy-proofed.
provide a bed, blanket or mat for your dog.
This will become a place for your dog in the future.
Use a Stuffed Kong or Bone to initially keep your dog occupied.gradually increase the duration your dog will spend on the tether.
Introduce a “Go Place” or “Go to Bed” command.Ignore unwanted barking or whining.
Do not leave your dog unsupervised while using the tether.