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how do you train a dog that

jumps on you and propells her body of you when she makes contact. she knocks my 3 yr old and i'm pregnant, so far have not been knocked over but close. if i can't train her i will have to rehome her. she is not a big dog but weighs about 10 pounds. i just got her a couple months ago and can't break this habit. she also recently just jumped on my belly while sitting on the couch. i was shocked it felt this is the last straw. she has been worked to not jump on the furniture but not everybody is being consistant and i fear that i will be holding the baby one day and she will jump on the baby and harm it. any tips? i'm due in 3 wks....would hate to rehome but would have no choice as i can't risk my newborn getting hurt.


Asked by Anonymous at 5:38 PM on Oct. 12, 2009 in Pets

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Answers (4)
  • Teach your kiddo to do the same, and ANYONE who walks through the door.
    Don't keep chanting "no" either, it'll lose it's meaning. Just say it once, in a firm tone, and go through the motions.
    And don't scream either, or raise your voice loud - she'll just think you're playing and get more frantic. Dogs have excellent hearing. A low, stern voice will instantly perk their attention and they'll differentiate that you're not playing but mean serious business.

    Another scenario is, if you have a playpen, or a gate that'll keep her in the kitchen or wherever, lead her in there, say "No" and walk off. That can be "time out"

    Good luck! Hope I helped some.
    It's how I got my Beagle to stop being so crazy around us. He does it in an overjoyous moment when we come home after being away for a long period, but we get him settled quickly. I do allow him his several seconds of frantic joy, but you don't want them to break their habit. :]

    Answer by K_Sawyer at 6:17 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • Consistency is the key. Everyone needs to be on the same boat, or else it'll never work. Stress on that fact.
    She does that because of over-excitement and just.. too much energy.
    Whenever she's about to, you can usually tell - muscles coil, move your body sideways, hold out a hand and ignore her. Move away from her whenever she does it, and keep your attention away from her - she'll get the point that this isn't how you get attention, and it's not appreciated.
    Once she calms down, praise her. If she does it again, repeat.

    If she's a puppy - it's definitely completely understandable, they're just balls of energy that don't know how to express quite yet. Even if she's not, previous owner or.. wherever she was, just didn't train her correctly. Usually, pet store animals who are locked in kennels past their "prime" say.. till they're 4-6 months are more anxious. They see people pass and no attention. They don't get it.

    Answer by K_Sawyer at 6:14 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • we do ignore her until she calms down thing is she's so fast and does it behind at our leggs and when were not looking. i'll try that and tell the kids but how do i get a 3yr old to do that. she can hardly talk as it is. so sometimes i think my 3 yr old doesn't understand. i'll keep trying since i do have some time but still appreciate more tips if this doesn't work.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:34 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • there are several tricks, But what ever one you choose to use you must be consistant and everyone must be on the same page. One thing you can do is use the leash, let her drag it and when she goes to jump step on it and she will correct herself. Another way is to teach her to sit when she approaches you. do this whiile standing and sitting. When you are standing and she is jumping ignore her (unless she knows sit really well then you can give that command) do not touch her because that is one thing she wants. Make her urn everything, nothing is free

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 10:08 PM on Oct. 12, 2009