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I have a 1.5 year old Aussie. He is pretty well trained

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I have a 1.5 year old Aussie. He is pretty well trained (sit, stay, down, place, etc.). However, he jumps on people all of the time and the training goes out the window when there are too many distractions, especially recall. How should I go about fixing this? Thanks!
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Dog Trainer: Lisa, Certified Veterinary Technician replied 1 year ago
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Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question today. Just like an in person consult, I have a few questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best advice possible...

Have you had him since he was a puppy?

How much exercise does he get daily?

Is he crate trained?

When you walk him, do you use a traditional leash and collar?

Has he ever been to obedience classes at all?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Hello there,I rescued him when he was about 8 months old. I try to get him exercise everyday, but it's mainly 4 days per week. He doesn't have a crate. I use a martingale collar and leash. He has been to obedience classes. Thanks!
Dog Trainer: Lisa, Certified Veterinary Technician replied 1 year ago

Great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

It has been estimated that a jumping dog can generate as much force as a football linebacker taking down a quarterback. Even though your dog is being friendly by jumping on people, the fact is that the results can be the same...with the person on the receiving end of that jump hitting the ground...hard.

The first thing we need to do is to figure out why dogs jump in the first place. In canine communication, jumping and meeting another dog face-to-face is a common form of saying hello. If you've ever seen two dogs playing together, you'll notice that they act like a couple stallions, rearing up on their back legs and touching front paws as they play. Unfortunately, some dogs will transfer this behavior to their human counterparts in a ploy to get atttention.

We humans have a bad habit of encouraging bad behavior when our companions are puppies. It's super hard to say "NO" when your adorable 10 pound puppy stands on his rear feet and stretches up with his front paws to get us to pet them. But when we reach down to pet them during this behavior, it's accidentally encouraging this behavior, and although we smile and love it when they're tiny, it's less adorable when your pet reaches 70 pounds.

Since your dog is already jumping on people (and maybe even things like counters), we need to learn to break this habit by teaching your dog better behaviors. Start by teaching your dog to "Sit" and "Off". Using a Gentle Leader (www.gentleleader.com) and a longer leash. Have a friend or family member come into the house but to ignore the dog. When your dog gets geared up and starts running to jump on the person, give the leash a significant tug and say "OFF!" . Pulling on the leash will force your dog's head towards you and away from the person coming in the house It will make the dog unable to reach the other person.

As soon as your dog gives up trying to jump and sits, you need to issue a positive association...an immediate, "GOOD SIT!" and a nibble of tasty treat (I love using freeze dried beef liver...available at any petstore). Repeat this drill several times in a row so that your dog figures out that sitting, instead of jumping, brings about praise and something yummy. You can conduct this several times a week with different family members, friends, and even strangers (my poor mailman has helped me train many dogs) who might come to the house such as deliverymen so that your dog figures out that he has to sit politely, regardless of who he encounters...indoors or out.

Once he has this figured out while on the leash, you can start training him the same way to sit in a specific spot (like a favorite rug or bed) when people come over. I'm sure your dog...like pretty much all dogs...is social, so we don't want to completely leave him out of greeting visitors, but if you use the commands regularly, you'll be able to allow anyone to interact with you at home, or out and about without worrying they're going to get knocked down.

I hope this helps.

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