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Old 04-24-2014, 02:25 PM
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My sweet girl is about 9 1/2 months old and when people come over the house (or she meets them out of the house) she jumps. Not just once, but over and over. She doesn't do it with me, but she does with others. We had been trying the "turn your back and ignore until all 4 paws are on the floor and then praise", but it's just not working.

I had us signed up for an awesome training class that I was SO excited about. And then I fractured my knee while at the dog park. GRRRR.

So ... because of this injury my mom is going to come and stay a couple of days, but I can't have Bella jumping all over her. She's tiny and Bella could surely knock her over.

I try to keep her in her crate when people come over, but since my mom is staying here, keeping her in the crate really isn't an option. As soon as I let her out, I know she'll beeline for my mom and jump, jump, jump!

Once she gets the jumping out of her system, she's a big 'ol mellow lovebug. It's just that she gets SUPER (over) excited when she see's people.

Any thoughts or suggestions on how I can make this work? Boarding her while my mom is here isn't an option either.

Thank you!
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:44 PM
Location: NoVA
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My only thought is, get back into that training class as soon as your knee allows. Short of a dog trainer showing up in this thread, what else can you do? Personal anecdotes from other posters can only go so far. Speaking of anecdotes, I had a dog like that when I was a kid. Every time Max jumped up to kiss me, I'd grab his front paws and do the tango. After several instances of him nibbling on my hands to get me to let go, he eventually got the hint.
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:58 PM
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I would try tethering her with a leash to a chair or table. where she can see what is going on and has some room to walk and lay down. once she has calmed down have the visitor go over and say hello, when she has mellowed let her off the line and see how she does. praise her when she does well and give her a treat. you can also ask her to stay down while someone comes to the door as long as she is down treat her. it will take awhile just be consistent. have any friends that will come over and help?
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:37 AM
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Train your friends not to talk, touch or interact with the dog until it is sitting quietly behaving itself. Literally tape a sign saying this on your front door.....trust me, your friends will be harder to train than your dog.

Also teach your dog the sit, stay command.....they will quickly learn that unless they are sitting they wont' get any attention and use the same treat for this training and this training ONLY.

My dog loves bananas so I used the Nurtro banana treats to teach this...didn't take long. He's now 5 mths old and if he sees anyone with two legs he immediately sits and waits patiently for them to make their move.

To curb the jumping, lift your knee and say 'off' or 'down' or whatever word you want to use....when I say lift your knee..I mean lift it, not swing it forcibly into the dogs chest, and say that word and only that word and then ignore the dog unless he jumps again.
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