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    Teach my dog not to jump on me or people that come over to visit he is 5 months old and just started jumping

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    Knee to the chest when he jumps. He'll get the picture. Also tell the people coming over to do it as well.

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    Yup - negative reinforcement of the undesired act (jumping gets a knee or a push, or outright ignoring of the dog), positive reinforcement of the desired (sitting) via treats and/or praise.

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    Knee to the chest is a great theory, but.... all 3 of my dogs quickly learned just to approach from the rear or side and go in fast for the stealth attack. Now with Chief, I have taken a different tack. Every time he comes barreling towards me, I say SIT! It works. But it is hard to get visitors and kids to give a timely command.
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    What they said above..One more thing-

    Timely corrections are priceless when the situation presents itself...

    Re-enforce SIT as he approaches the "victim"..he's old enough to accept some learned diciplines
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    Thanks I will keep putting my knee in his chest im sure he willl pick it up shortly and I will try the Sit command I didnt even think about that. Thanks everyone!

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    Put a short leash on him (i.e. keep one hanging on the front door knob so it is there when you need it) and make him sit.

    Also I prefer the squeezed paws method because anyone can do it and the can't dodge the grab as easily.

    Grab their paws when they jump up and squeeze their paws (think a firm hand shake) and place them on the ground as you command "off" releasing the pressure once the paws are back on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLancey View Post
    Thanks I will keep putting my knee in his chest.....
    Don't just put it there, knee him in the chest. The sitting approach works well also, but like mentioned, timing is everything.

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    Kneeing extinguishes the immediate behavior. The dog may or may not get it for the long term. Also, how many times are you gonna knee the dog? How many people do you have to bring into the picture to teach your dog? "Hey stranger, just knee him if he jumps up".

    I have a better solution: teach your dog the appropriate behavior. This is to sit, stand or lay down, but not jump up. Redirect your dog's energy to the correct behavior.

    Good luck!

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    I do what FOM says with my own dogs. Have control over the dog, on a leash sitting or in a down before even opening the door.

    It's the same as any other learned behaviour... teach it over and over again until the dog gets it. Set the dog up so you can teach it too...don't just wait for someone to come over.

    Dogs I don't own get yelled at to sit and/or kneed in the chest...hard enough to make it count.

    And like someone else posted dogs learn to avoid your knee just by going around. Had my back put out by a friggin Swampcollie that ran at me full out and jumped me while I was walking recently.
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