TRAIN YOUR DOG TO STOP JUMPING
THE STEP AWAY GAME
ABOUT THE EXERCISE
This game will help train you pup to stop getting overly excited and jumping. A fun game you can use to teach your dog to control their impulse to jump on you and/or
guests coming into your home. This game will help teach your dog that it’s ok to be happy and excited when you or new people come into the house, but they’re to keep all four paws on the ground at all times. With this game, you will learn that you don’t have to tone down your excitement when you see your dog, and your dog will learn that they don’t need to jump on you to get your attention.
TOOLS: 4ft-6ft leash, a place to tie the dog, Space around the tie so the dog can move freely.
The goal of this game is to be able to walk up to your dog while they are contained and start to show them that its ok to be happy and excited when greeting your and/or new people, but they’re not allowed to jump up for any reason.
Don’t get so close that if your dog jumps they can touch you. If your dog is not excited at the moment you are training, get a toy and entice them to jump. Do not pat your chest or say “up, up” just used an excited voice and a squeak toy. If your dog is a jumper, it won’t be too hard to put him in the position where he normally jumps. It may be a leash, a word, the door bell, etc.
- Tie your dog to something that they cannot pull over and or move, like to a closet door, or a heavy table, maybe even put the leash under couch leg. Depending on the size of
your dog pick something that weighs more than them.
- If your dog does not stop jumping after you have stepped back, you must wait calmly with no excitement and or emotion until they have all four feet on the ground for 2 seconds.
- If your dog comes to the end of the leash, quietly grab leash and walk them back enough that there is some slack, if you need to have them sit while you do this technique that is ok too.
- Take a step toward your dog, with a toy, while being excited and happy just as you would if you just got home from work. If your dog takes any of their four feet of the ground, take a step back from your dog, go completely silent and show no emotion. That is how you correct the behavior. It’s ok for them to be happy, they just can’t jump up. Once your dog has all four feet on the ground, take a step back toward your dog, acting happy and excited and shaking their toy again. Continue going back and forth until you can walk all the way up to your dog and shake the toy above their head without them jumping up.
The goal of this phase is to be able to walk up to your contained dog while being happy and
excited, but there should be some slack in the leash. In this phase, you’re going to start
teaching your dog how to control coming forward to jump on you.
Walk up to your dog while being happy and excited just as you would when you get home from work. Have a toy in your hand to get them excited and entice them to jump up.
Be sure that there is slack in the leash so they have a little bit freedom to move around.
Practice this repeatedly until you can walk up to your dog excited and happy with a toy and they don’t jump for 10 times in a row. If they can only do it correctly 3 times out of 10 attempts, give your dog a break and let them release some energy by playing fetch or taking them for a long walk. Once they are tired come back and try again.
When you walk toward your dog, if they jump take a step back, stop being excited and wait till they stop jumping. Once all four feet have been on the ground for 2 seconds you can try again.
In this next phase, you are going to have your dog completely off leash. Have them close by to wherever you had them tied just in case you need to tie them up again. Your dog will learn that they can be loose and still enjoy the fact that you’re home or that new people have arrived, yet they’re not allowed to jump up.
Walk toward your dog in an excited and happy manner, bring a toy, and put your dog in a situation where he would normally jump. Practice when dog is tired and you have already been home for an hour or so. You want to set them up for success. And if you
do this right, when you get home your dog’s mind will not be in the right place for training.
If you approach and your dog jumps take a step back, stop being excited and drop the toy to your side. If they continue to jump simply just turn your back and count to 5. If the jumping has not stopped after you turned around, go back to to leashing the dog.
If dog stops jumping, go back to being excited and happy, try with different family members and do it repeatedly until you can approach your dog 10 times while being excited and your dog doesn’t jump even if you pet them. Continue this exercise every day until your dog can do it 10 times in a row, perfectly. If they can only do 3 out of 10 tries give your dog a break and take them for a long walk.
Go check out our Impulse Control Course for more information on jumping up and all the other
techniques you can use that will make coming home a lot more relaxing.
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dana M. for allowing the re-print of their training. They have many more tips and also include videos that make it easy to follow. For more tips check out TheDogTrainingSecret.com.
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