All of our ForPaws Puppy Training Clients receive help and guidance on how to prevent and work on common puppy problems. Our latest blog is an excerpt from our new handout on what to do if your dog or puppy jumps up. If you need more help on this matter, please get in touch to arrange a private training session or sign up to our puppy course.
Why Do Dogs Jump Up?
Dogs that jump up are often difficult control both on and off lead and they cause many problems for owners, such as tearing and leaving muddy paw prints over clothes; causing accidents and injuries from scratches and knocking people over and upsetting guests or passing walkers. Dogs can also give themselves back injuries through the bad posture they maintain in jumping up and resting paws on people.
Many owners effectively resolve jumping up in some scenarios, but not others. They ask me to help and assume there will be a simple, ‘one size fits all answer’. But there isn’t, the key to stopping jumping up, is to understand why the behavior is happening and then to address the underlying reason.
Oh it’s hard to fit in training time isn’t it?! I have every empathy for my customers who struggle to find time to squeeze in training sessions with their dogs - I often do too. I think that the problem is often that we see training as time consuming and difficult and maybe even worry that we’ll do it wrong or it won’t work, so we don’t start!
But training doesn’t have to be time consuming - you don’t need to feel that you must set aside a whole hour to train your dog each day. In fact, hour long sessions are often counter productive - your dog can become bored, frustrated or lose concentration long before the hour is up and you both end up feeling that training sessions are pointless and not fun. Regular short sessions with your dog can be much more effective, little and often is the key!
But if that sounds worrying as now you need to find the motivation for lots of training sessions each day, fear not, there are some very simple ways to make short regular training sessions easy...
(This is a copy of the advertorial that many of our customers who receive the Pepperpot may have read in this months issue...)
You are on a lovely off lead walk with your dog, Fido, when suddenly a deer runs across your path and Fido chases it towards a busy road... At home Fido almost knocks over your elderly aunt in an overenthusiastic greeting… You walk into the kitchen and see Fido up on the counter about to steal tonight’s steak… These are familiar scenarios to many dog owners!
You could work on a variety of different cues to prevent or deal with these situations. Or you could simply use Sit, an instruction many dogs know. Fido cannot chase deer, jump up, or steal steak if he is in a Sit. That humble Sit suddenly seems a little more useful doesn’t it! Unfortunately many owners know that their dog wouldn’t even manage a Sit in these cases – why?
Because dogs don’t generalise well. They need to be trained in a variety of different environments to really learn to do something every time they’re asked - so if they’ve only ever learned to do Sit at home and in your garden, this is not enough. Did you learn to drive by only driving up and down your road, or did you need to practice on lots of different roads? As they say, practice makes perfect.
Simple training can effectively solve and prevent a wide range of dog related problems in home and out and about. But what do you do if you don’t know where to start with training your dog or puppy? A professional dog trainer can help.
ForPaws is owned and run by Corrine Lisle, a professional dog trainer and a member of the APDT, IMDT and Pet Professional Guild - these memberships assure you that you will be taught modern, effective and force-free techniques. ForPaws coach you to effectively use positive reinforcement training methods to motivate your dog to follow your instructions. We offer a variety of training options to suit busy families including:
Adult dog training classes - next starting 13th July.
Puppy classes - next starting 27th July.
Private home training courses or consultations at times to suit you.
Training sessions to spend time training your dog or puppy on your behalf.
ForPaws also offer Dog Walking and Cat Feeding services. For more information or to book, visit www.forpaws.net or call us on 01428 748188.
Forpaws is a small team of pet carers who are both friends and colleagues, taking loving, professional care of pets in Guildford, Godalming and Woking.
To contact us directly, please either email [email protected] or call Corrine Lisle-Harding on 07500119232. To log into our client portal see the link here: https://1010forpaws.petsoftware.net/clientportal/