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How do you teach a dog not ot jump on toddlers?

The training guides say when they jump, walk towards them then turn away and ignore. What do we do when the dog prefers jumping on a 2 yr old? Our new dog is very big and our daughter is small. How do we train the dog not to jump on her either?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:27 PM on Nov. 14, 2009 in Pets

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  • Teach the dog to sit when he approaches people. Encourage him to come toward you with a treat keeping it low so he won't jump then ask him to sit. I would also recommend you clicker train because it can help shape this sort of behavior. I would keep a bucket by your front door with a sigh that says please ask my dog to sit. Ask your friends and family to help with this. If every one does the same thing the dog will pick it up even faster. I would even have the two year old get involved in the training. Let the two year old tell the dog to sit and give a treat if the child can say it clearly enough. Another thing you might try is one of those no jump harnesses. The key with any training is to be consistant.

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 1:36 PM on Nov. 14, 2009

  • We keep our dog on a short leash when she comes upstairs, and she will stay on the leash and not be allowed to go anywhere if she is jumping and being bad. If she is quiet and holds still and stays calm, she is allowed off the leash; if at any point she begins to misbehave she goes back downstairs. Teaching the dog to sit and stay around people is a very good idea. What kind of dog is it? That can sometimes make a difference in training methods; some breeds are easier to train because they can focus better.

    Answer by preacherskid at 3:01 PM on Nov. 14, 2009

  • She's a 1 yr old Doberman. We just got her today and so far pretty good. She was partially trained by her previous owner. The training lessons say that if we teach them behavior with person X, they'll apply it to other people cause we can't expect them to know when it's ok to jump on person A but not person B. Yet she's really taking advantage of my short 2 yr old. She jumps on, mouths, and tried to take her food but she doesn't do it to DH and I. So she sees the difference our DD and us. DD repeats the commands we tell her, but the dog doesn't take her seriously. She just wants to play with her. We're ok with that but we need to be sure the dog plays safely. She's already caused some playful but painful accidents.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:11 PM on Nov. 14, 2009

  • She sees herself higher in the pack then your daughter. One thing you can do is teach her to sit at the doo and wait until all people have passed through. You can also have your daughter help feed her. Even at 2 years old she can put the food in the bowl and put it on the floor. Even from a young age i had my daughter ask the dogs to sit and wait until she gave the release command for the dogs to eat. When she gets mouthy even in play you can say "ouch" and make it sound like it hurt even those times it does not. Again your daughter can do this as well. When dogs play and it gets to rough a dog will yelp to say hey back off. WE are using the same concept and works well consistency is the key


    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 7:08 PM on Nov. 14, 2009

  • When your dog is about to jump up, like when he first greets you, hold your hand above his head. When he jumps he will hit his head on your hand. After several times he will not jump because he will believe that he doesn't have room to jump up without hitting his head.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 1:15 PM on Nov. 15, 2009

  • You could also keep him on a leash and step on it when he goes to jump. This along with positive enforcement when he does well will help.

    Answer by MokaMommy at 8:53 PM on Nov. 15, 2009

  • Our four month old yellow lab jumps on everybody. We are working on getting her trained and in puppy classes. When we get home either I walk in the door first or my husband does followed by our seven year old and one of us is behind her, We are able to keep the dog from jumping up on her.

    Answer by lady-J-Rock at 2:04 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

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