How to Get Your Dog to STOP Jumping | The Modern Wolf Co | Skillshare
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6 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. ModernWolfIntro

    • 2. NoJumping Section1

    • 3. NoJumping Section2

    • 4. NoJumping Section3

    • 5. NoJumping Section4

    • 6. NoJumping Section5

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About This Class

This class is about how to address the common behavior of dogs jumping--whether that's on you, guests, or people out in public.

We take an honest approach to preventing and reacting to this behavior. 

As with all things, patience and consistency is key.

Each section should be practiced for at least a week. 

The class project should be submitted here to the class, as well as, to social media. Use #TheModernWolfCo and tag @TheModernWolfCo and we will like, follow, and give you a shout out. 

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the course or if you'd like to reach me directly feel free me to email me: [email protected] 

Good Luck, and most importantly, have FUN! 

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1. ModernWolfIntro: 2. NoJumping Section1: everybody. My name is Jordan and we're in this course to teach our dogs How do not jump on people A limit of my back stories that I've kind of worked in every aspect of the dog world from a kennel assistant picking up, you know, the unmentionables to that assistant to that tech to animal Patrol officer to eventually a dog trainer. And it was as a dog trainer. I felt like I was able to do the most good for the most amount of dogs. And I was really limited by only the people and dogs that I could get in personal contact with. So I wanted to start these courses to be able to share this information with as many people as possible so that more dogs and more people can live happy lives. In this course, we're gonna learn how to better communicate with our dogs. We're gonna learn how to get them to understand what we want from them and what we don't want from them. We're going to start a class project, which is just going to be, um, a video of progress video of what your dog does right now to what they do at the end of your training with them and get to the refund result of them not jumping on anybody, Um, in public as well is when people come to your house the point of taking these video snapshots of progress of your dog s so that you can see how far they've come from, where from, where they started to where they end up and be able to really compare how much progress you've made through your training. - All right, that all sounds good to you. Let's get on to the next section and talk about why dogs jump on people in the first place . 3. NoJumping Section2: Okay, So when this section, we're gonna talk about why dogs jump on us in the first place. Most dogs are going to do this jumping behavior because it's kind of innate. They would have been jumping towards their mother's mouth or towards their mom when the mom would return. It's pretty natural that they do this. The other reason that the puppies continue to do it into adulthood is we have conditioned them to do this. What? I mean, where that is, every time we got home or every time the puppy got excited and jumped on us, we allowed them to. We even reinforced it by saying O que puppy and loving on them and do whatever else we do. All of that is actually reinforcing and telling the dollar that we like that they're doing that and that it's rewarding to them. So they're going to keep doing that. That's most of the time why dogs continue to do this behavior into their adult ages. Dogs do this because they're excited to see us or see new people or see other things, and we have clips of wild dogs doing this so we know what's in a native thing that they would be doing in the wild anyways, but they don't always do it. And throughout their whole life they would normally do it as puppies when their mom or dad would come home and they would have food in their bellies that they would regurgitate to the pups while the pups would look at the mom and dad's faces to get them to kind of initiate this regurgitation so they could get fed well, that behavior, if continuously rewarded, would continue through the dog's life. The parents don't continue to regurgitate food for their puppies As a dogs get older, they stop doing that so eventually becomes not rewarding to jump and look at the other dogs faces. So they stop doing that. We never stopped loving on our dogs when I jumped on us, so they never learned that was no longer okay. So in this course, we're gonna teach them what to do instead, whether that means we want them to sit before people greet them, whether that means we want them to down before people greet them. Whether that means we don't want them to interact with people at all. Whatever we you was the owner decided you want them to do is what you will be able to teach them through this course. So Step one, I want you to get a video clip. Maybe just a couple seconds of your dog being introduced to a new person, or even just you coming through the front door and see how excited they get. See how they react. Watch them jump on. You watch what you do in response to them. And that is gonna be your first clip for your, uh, course project. All right, so now on to the next section, we're going to talk about what we need to do about this going forward. 4. NoJumping Section3: step one is going to show you how to get immediate results. And I mean that in the most literal sense. What I want to do is to not let them practice this jumping behavior. What I specifically mean is, if you know someone's coming to the door like the door bell has rung and the dog charges the door, I want you to put a leash on and on physically, bring them back to a place that is further away from the door so they cannot reach the new person until they're calmer. You given permission. So I have a clip here of Mika being tied up on the stairs, uh, stairwell so that she can't get to me until she's calm. And then the other option is to keep the dog separated. When I want you to do is either take a leash, put it on your dog and tie them to a table or put them in their crate. Ideally, if they're not great trained, we were not going to address that in this course, but it is a great time to use your crate. Um, otherwise, you can put them a leash on them and keep them physically separated. If you don't have a doorway or some physical buried to keep them away from the new person until they are calm, you can. That or you should physically separate them with a doorway or a baby gate or something that won't allow them to get to the new persons that they're so excited to meet until they're called. This is step One. You're gonna get immediate results because you are not going to allow the dog to interact with the new person until they're called step One. So how we're gonna practice this is probably gonna need either a friend or a tely sta leash . Um, you could do this a drone front door. But I basically want you to do is either have your friend come to the front door or have somebody come to you. Um, it could be a significant other. Just anybody the dog's gonna be excited to see. And if your dog is excited to see everybody, then you can ask anybody to help you. But if you're all alone and you're doing just you and your dog, I totally understand that doing what you're gonna do then is you're going to start with putting a leash on your dog and putting them in a place where they can't physically get access to you. Ideally, we talk about like a baby gate or a doorway, but ideally, the door would be something that you could see the dog there so you can monitor whether they're calm or not. If you can't see through the door, that's fine. If the daughter time glass panes in it, what you can do is just kind of crack that are open, See if they're calm. If they're just ready to charge to the door, then you're gonna wait and this is gonna be a waiting game. It's gonna take a lot of patients, and this is the first approach of preventing is we just don't want them to act, be able to practice that behavior now the other way, we can get them to not jump on us. It's become armed with treats and things to keep them on the ground. So in certain scenarios wouldn't training. I have even taken whole handfuls of the dog kibble. As I approach a dog who I think is gonna jump. I would just drop all the kibble on the ground and their former interested in going to the kibble nine times out of 10. So they'll stay on the ground and while they're on the ground that they're being rewarded by the kibble and then I will approach him and I will calmly touch them and talk to them and then reward them that way as well. So they're being rewarded for being on the floor. If for any reason, they decided to give you all of the attention and tried to jump towards you, that is when I want you to turn off your attention to them so immediately turn your back, walk away. Um, do not engage with them whatsoever. And by that I mean, don't touch them at a lot of people. Want to push the dog off and say, You know, get down, get off. Whatever. What you're really doing is turning that into a game, and it will turn into your dog's favorite game. If you just push him off, push him off, push him off. Well, that's just a game that they're gonna play with you. So we're not gonna do that now. If you're doing this practice with a friend What I'm going to suggest is that you, the dog owner, holds the leash while the dog is attached to the leash and then have the new person approach. If the dog it's super excited and starts to get their paws off the ground and start to jump towards the person, that's gonna be the queue for the other person to turn around just 180 degrees and walk a couple steps away and totally ignore the dog. And as they approached with, we want them to be pretty neutral. They should be making eye contact. That shouldn't be kissing sounds and talking to the dog. They should pretty much be walking towards you with a person and ignoring the doc. This is the ideal, easiest way to start. We can make it more challenging. Give them mortar. Schalken's as we go, but we got to give them a baseline first. So as you approach the dog, stay calm. Don't don't make eye contact with them, and don't be reaching towards everything. Just basically, go as if you're gonna go shake the owner's hand. That's the objective for the helper in this case. Now, while your helper is ignoring the dog. You, the owner should be ignoring the person you focus on your dog, rewarding them verbally or otherwise for keeping all four paws on the ground. You can even put them. You can keep their attention and keep them calm and keep them on the ground. If you determine that you think your dog is going to be calm enough to interact with the person, I like to suggest to the the oncoming person that they asked that they can pet your dog or whatever like Oh, can I say hi was a pretty common thing you say. And what you should then say is, Yes, you can as long as they stay seated and they like to be scratched, our patted petted here or there. So I always like to direct people towards the chin or the chest of the dog because a lot of dogs, if you put their head over there, if you put your hand over their head, they start to lean up and go towards the hand, and that initiates them, started to jump. So if you would come in underneath their chin and you do here or there chest, I probably just bumped the mic. If you consider that the chin or their chest, they're not as likely to jump up towards the hand to get that attention there that's gonna keep them on the ground that little bit longer. All right, now that you've heard my description on how to practice, go do it. Get a video of you and your friend or you yourself working with your dog on these behaviors and this is gonna be your second chapter of your progress video. Go give it a drying. Okay, before you go have this other really cool tip that I think is one of the coolest things you can do in dog training. And that is when you turn a distraction into acute. So what I mean by that is a Q is what we say to our dogs. Sit down, stay, come Whatever All of those those commands are accused. And if we turn a distracter, a k, a new person or a person coming to greet you into a Q than we're getting everybody that comes towards our dog to help us in this process of getting them to not jump on people so normally when people are gonna approach your dog. They want that. You can only say something pretty generic like, Can I pet your dog or can I say higher? Something along those that nature And what you can do is step one is the distracter. The person's going to se that phrase. So you have to determine what that the common popular phrases around you in your area. And then what you're gonna do next is you're going to cue the dog to do whatever you want them to dio whether that be, sit, are down or who Whatever you decide, stay is it wasn't Come next, then third, you're gonna communicate with the other person's. And yeah, you can pet my dog as long as they sit. Yeah, yeah. Yada. Will you repeat that cycle? Enough times that the dog get smart enough. They don't need to go. 123 They understand that one always leads it to which always leads to three. So you the person coming up to you was one saying, Oh, can I pet your dog? Two. Is you telling your dog to sit and three is them getting rewarded by interacting with the new person if they find interacted with people rewarding. And they're probably Those seconds are should be the ones jumping on people. So you're probably OK there. Eventually, your dog is really efficient. It knows this process that one leads the two that leads the three. They're eventually going to not need this middle step. There you go. Someone has to pet me. I'm interested in being petted and they plop down and they sit right away. So that is how you turn a distraction into a Q. And it is so cool when it happened, because people are gonna go. Oh, wow. Your dog is so well behaved because they already know what comes next on what they need to do to get the reward makes sense. 5. NoJumping Section4: Okay, so we talked about how to prevent the behavior from happening, and we talked about what we're gonna do to be proactive. Now, let's say we're a little less prepared and we have to react to something, whether that means the doorbell rang. We're not ready. We weren't expecting it or someone walks up to us and we weren't expecting it or out on a walk. This is how we react to the dog about the jump on someone or already have been jumped on somebody first and foremost. What did you tell your dog you wanted them to do before jumping on somebody or to get them to not jump on somebody? As we are conditioning our dogs to this new behavior and telling them what we want them to do instead, we need to can't stay consistent with that. So if you told your dog they have to sit every time before they meet a new person, then that's what you should be doing right before you think they're going to jump, is direct all of your attention towards them. Maybe even step in between the dog, your dog and the new person, or the distracter and if you're the person that is distracting the delicate as you got home , for example, you need to be able to understand you living to tell the dog to sit and and if they don't, you're gonna do the same things we talked about before turning away. Tell them no, don't touch them. Don't have eye contact with them. Remove your attention cause that's what they want. You're taking away what they want until they do what you want, which is to sit. So I want that sequence to look a little something like the dog gets excited, you can tell there about the jump. I want you to say Fido, sit and you can even add a little bit of an ex excited sound to your voice. They might be more apt to listen to you. Then, if they still don't sit right away, I would remove my attention from the dog so I would turn around. I would ignore them. I wouldn't talk to them. I would not make eye contact. And after saying no once I'm not going to speak to them anymore, either. I'm gonna remove myself away and not allow them to make contact with me. Ideally, you know, they're in Ah, on a leash where you can tie them up and get keeps. Keep yourself separated. If not, you might have to endure a little bit of pause on you until they stop the moment that they stop. Start mentally counting in your head at least toe three seconds or five seconds and you want to build on that. So let's say the dog jumps on your jumps on your jumps on you puts all four paws on the ground. Count in your head. One. Mississippi, two. Mississippi, three. Mississippi. If they're still all four paws on the ground, try it, asking them to sit again if they sit run away. You know, good dog positive. Really, really more than, you know, Rub them on the head. Give them the attention that they're seeking. If, for some reason that they don't repeat and repeat and repeat, or if you don't get 2 to 3 seconds, it's okay to go to to. I would try to go for 1.5 seconds and minimally, but we really want to catch them with all four paws on the ground and then reward them for being there and try to lengthen that time out before we have Teoh re engage with them. That also kind helps with you getting frustrated with. It's off, Off, off, down, down, down! Since its it No, no, no, no. We don't want any of that. We just want single sit command. If they don't and they try to jump toward you or single No communication, that's not what you want. And then the the punishment or the um we're talking about negative and positive re enforcers. The negative, uh, a side effect of them not listening is you're going to remove their your attention from them and you're gonna remove that attention as long as it takes before they. So they do what you are expecting them to dio the moment they do the right thing. You need to switch gears, be kind of binary. It's either yes or no. Once they do the right thing, you just switch gears and reward them for that moment to keep them in that right state of mind like Wait, what am I doing now? That is now it was okay that I'm getting it. This attention that will eventually start to take after repetition after repetition, they're really gonna start to get. Then we'll click for them. But if you stay mad at them for jumping at you, you confuse the crap out of Okay, So here we have a clip of how to react. If the dog does jump, it's a simple Get the dog off, get the dog to sit and then immediately allow the dog to interact with the person as the reward for sitting. The other thing I want you to keep in mind is how you greet your dog. Now, how do you greet the other people in your house? Whether you have roommates or your parents or your kids or what have you? I guarantee you don't create them like Hi, how are you? Well, that you get super excited normally interest like, Hey, how was your day? That's how it should look for you and your dog. While your dog gets excited because you're excited, you get excited because your dogs excited. If you kind of kill that cycle of just like I was your day, Did you have a good day and just literally have that same conversation with the dog that you will with a person, you're gonna help reduce a lot of that excitement and jumping that you get ideally, in my mind. I want a dog that sits attentively as I walk in and lets me take my coat off, Take my shoes off, get in the house and relax before I engage with them. So I have a little clip here of me and my dog. I'm coming in. I I'm actually trying to show you guys a little bit of how I test her and want to see that she does not jump on me because that is just not allowed. And the only way to get my attention and be able to engage with me is by me asking for that . So here's a clip. All right. It's your turn. Set up your cameras, set up your phone, get the next clip of your dog and how you're getting them to interact with new people or yourself and watch your progress 6. NoJumping Section5: all right, he admitted this far. Now you have to practice and practice in practice, practicing your kitchen practice in your living room. Practice at your front door, practice at the vet's office at the Dip Doggie Daycare at the dog park. We want to practice this in every scenario and every environment. One thing I can tell you about dogs is that they do not contextualized well, and what that means is what we tell them in the kitchen, or what we tell them in our house does not automatically apply for them in other environments. The set of rules changes for every environment we go to and this kind of true for humans to we act differently that we at home then we would at work than we do out socializing than we do at the movie theater than we do so. But certain things are always the same and less willing to teach our dogs it. Sometimes the things we asked at home do you still apply other places, so if sit means sit at home and it means sit in the kitchen, it means sit in the living room and the bedroom in the front door It has also mean sit everywhere else. So we need to practice this. Your dog is not going to automatically know that they're not allowed to jump down people once you step out your front door until you practice outside your front door And they're not gonna know this at the dog park unless you practice at the dog park. They're not gonna know this at the Met office. If you don't practice at the that office, you have to practices and enough environments that the dog generalizes the whole concept of I am not allowed to jump on people. The only way I get attention from people is my sitting or whatever you want your dog to do . It is very, very important to help you avoid frustration because you're gonna work really hard at home and you're gonna get your dog would never jumps on guessed, right. But then you're gonna go for a walk or you're gonna go to the vet's office. And the first thing that when they meet a new person, they're gonna go back to that old habit and be excited and want to jump on somebody. Now we're gonna prevent that the same way we prevented it at home, and we're gonna react with the same way we reacted to it at home. The more places you practice, the better your dog is gonna understand This plain and simple, it is going to take repetitions in new environments over and over and over again until they really understand what you are looking for from them. So please don't get frustrated if you have ah, super well behaved dog in the house and you've gotten them to not jump on people in the house. Please don't get frustrated if you take this show on the road and you get out on the sidewalk and they start jumping on people you haven't practiced on the sidewalk yet. Practice on the sidewalk, practice, practice, practice and then you will be able to have a better expectation of where they're at practice, practice, practice. You are not gonna be able to get the same behavior that you got at home outside your front door automatically. It's gonna take practice in every environment for this toe. Work in every environment. So now it's your job to go out in public, get your phone out and to get videos of your dog interacting with people in public and not jumping on that. Try at least 45 different places. There's a great list of dog friendly retailers on the Web. Um, obviously, like places like PetSmart, Petco Dog. Uh, you know, pet stores are pretty from pretty. Okay with you bringing dogs in and working on this as well is just on your front sidewalk or at the coffee shop around the corner that has outdoor seating, any place that you can bring your dog and practices, the better. So for your class project, I want to see at least 3 to 5 public environments where you were working with your dog with not jumping on people. Good luck. So here we have a clip of how to react. If the dog does jump, it's a simple Get the dog off, get the dog to sit, and then immediately allow the doctor interact with the person as the reward for sitting in this clip. The dog doesn't jump, but she doesn't sit either, so I make sure that she sits before she gets the reward of getting to interact with the new person. So here's a clip of us out in public. We get, make it becomes it. She gives me appalling in my lap. First, I just kind of ignore that. Get her to sit. Then I let the new person interact with her. So in the second clip, because actually laying in front of me and I still ask her to sit before she can interact with the new person. This is really important for consistency. The objective is to get her to sit for interaction each time, as the final piece of your class project. I want you to take a final video of you and your dog, greeting each other in a calm manner and being proud of how far you've come. And I want you to submit it to the class as well as I want you to be able to share that on social media. It's gonna be one of these great things that you could be really proud of. And the beautiful thing is, you can use these techniques to start teaching your dog all sorts of other things