Responsible Dog Care in San Francisco includes teaching dogs to be good "citizens".  Jumping on strangers as they are walking by you on the street/sidewalk is often un-welcomed behavior, and can be greatly disturbing to many.  And it can be embarrassing to the owner (on the other hand, if you're single, it's a great way to meet people – joking!).

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K9 Playtime seeks to help dog owners create good dog "citizens" so San Francisco, and more specifically, the SOMA – South Beach neighborhood, remains a dog friendly neighborhood.

Here are some exercises to reduce jumping:

Owner Coming Home After An Absence

Owner enters house and excited dog greets owner by jumping up. Owner gasps as though dog were radioactive, remains upright and urgently tell dog to sit repeatedly (provided dog already has some idea of what sit is). When dog finally sits, owner warmly greets dog, then immediately goes outside, waits a few seconds and comes in again. Repeat entry several times in a row until dog sits without first jumping. Reward this with very warm greeting and optional food reward from pocket. Do multiple entries on several successive days until sit is solid on first entry.

Dog jumping On Strangers On The Street

Owner enlists two or three helpers for a 10-minute training session. Owner walks with dog clockwise around the block and helpers walk (separately) counter-clockwise. Dog meets first helper and tries jumping up. Helper does "radioactive dog maneuver," then owner gives sit command. When dog sits, helper warmly greets dog and carries on. Repeat with next helper. Dog should meet each helper several times. Repeat exercise until dog no longer jumping. Food rewards from handler optional.

 

Dog Jumping On Visitors To House

Owner gets a helper to do repeated entries as in the first exercise above. Even better, invite over several people and have them all take turns doing a few minutes going in and out to practice dog's sitting to greet visitors. Only use people who can act well: they must be very rejecting of jumping dog and very warm with sitting dog. One or two practice sessions can make a huge difference in the dog's tendency to jump.

You can also teach a sit-stay in a certain place, such as on a mat near the door, using the doorbell as the cue-command and a small food reward for holding the stay while people come in. This takes practice but is fun to teach. Practice sequence is:

1.) Doorbell ringing

2.) Coaching dog to mat

3.) Sit-stay for 30 seconds

4.) Reward and release

No one ever said training a dog is easy. It may be easy to understand once you learn the procedures, but it takes time, a lot of time, patience, and consistency. But the good news is, these are proven and effective methods and if you're motivated enough, you can get your dog to perform as well as any dog you have ever seen. Good luck and feel free to call us at K9 Playtime if you need additional coaching and ideas on dog training or any dog related needs.