As soon as you take your new puppy home you should start getting involved in puppy training. And it needed be a chore as so many people are led to believe, in fact the most basic puppy training just involves teaching your puppy good habits.
A good example of using good habits to training you puppy, is when you are teaching your puppy not to jump up on people. It’s very easy when a small, cute and cuddly puppy decides that it wants to jump up for some attention, but remember that this puppy will grow into a full sized dog, many which are taller than a human and have the capacity to knock you over with their excited jumping.
The most basic way to teach your puppy not to jump up on people is to make sure that it doesn’t receive any rewards when it jumps. This means that you shouldn’t pat, cuddle or give your puppy a treat when they jump on you, as they will associate the behavior with rewards.
If your dog continues to jump, you should present a defensive stance by folding your arms and looking away from the puppy, into the air. This shows your puppy that you are ignoring them and that you are not responding to them jumping.
Puppies are quick learners, and will realize that they are not getting a positive response from this behavior, and so will cease to jump. Make sure that everyone in your family, and visitors to your home do not respond while you are teaching your puppy not to jump up on people. If you all display consistent actions, it will be much easier for the puppy to learn what is right and what is wrong.
One such situation that a puppy will jump for attention is when a visitor comes to your door. Many puppies like meeting new people, and will often strive for attention as soon as someone arrives. You can practice this scenario with the help of a family member or friend.
Stay inside with your puppy, and have your helper wait outside and knock on the door. Give your puppy the ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ commands, then open the door. Tell your helper that they must not show the puppy any attention. The first few times the puppy may move from its spot, but given time they will soon learn that they must sit and stay while you greet your visitor into your home. Practice for a few minutes every day until you puppy stops jumping up on people coming into your home.
If these techniques fail, you can also place a leash on your puppy, and stand on the end so that even if they try to jump up, they won’t be able to move far. Your puppy will self correct itself and will get into the habit of not jumping on people.
Keep practicing these techniques regularly and your puppy will grow up to be a happy and well behaved dog.