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Caissie Canine Instruction: How to Handle Jumping


We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful 6.5-month-old Golden Setter named Nell.

 

Nell, our charming Golden Irish with an unwavering love for snuggling, embodies boundless affection and an insatiable zest for life. Her lengthy frame and quirky personality give her an irresistible charm that captures the hearts of everyone she meets.

 



Nell is a social butterfly, always eager to say hello to every passing human with a wagging tail and a friendly sniff. When not chasing squirrels or enthusiastically playing fetch, Nell can be found in her favourite spot on the couch, gazing out of the window and enjoying the world passing by.

 


Yet, amidst her playful escapades, Nell’s true joy lies in the warmth of companionship. Her love for food can only be matched by her adoration of her cousin Murray, creating a heartwarming bond that adds to the joy she brings into our lives.

 

Welcome to Doggie Dialogue

 

Dogs that jump up, unfortunately this is a natural canine behaviour. Dogs love to be face-to-face with their human owners.



 

This behaviour is not desirable as this can be dangerous especially for small children or seniors as they can be knocked down to the floor/ground.



K9’s repeat behaviours that earn them rewards.

 

When your K9 jumps up even a negative reaction, such as yelling at your K9, or grabbing their paws is still “attention” and this can reinforce this behaviour. Even “pushing them away” can initiate a wrestling game.

 

We recommend for you to ignore your K9 when they try to jump up, giving no attention at all, eventually and theoretically their jumping behaviour will eventually stop. Your dog will learn when their “butt” is on the floor, attention is coming their way.

 




To start this training start in-your-home by tethering your dog’s leash to a doorknob, from several feet away, ask your dog to “sit”. When they are in the “sit” position, calmly approach. If they stand up, turn and walk back to your starting point and “ask” again.

 

When they “stay sitting”, go to them quietly and praise them. Remember as soon as they “stand up” walk away. Your K9 will begin to understand they need to “sit” to receive your greeting.


Once your K9 has mastered “sitting for greeting” with you, go back to step #1 with friends and family members.

 

The more your K9 practices “sitting” this exercise will become easier and easier. We recommend practicing this command by having your K9 “sit” as much as possible. For example, before going outside, ask your K9 to “sit”, waiting for their dinner ask your K9 to “sit” etc…. train as much as possible. When you put the effort in, the results will pay off.

 

Should you need any assistance with this behaviour, please feel free to reach out to Paul at any time.

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