Great Dane

No Jump /

Sit Politely for Petting

Dogs jump when they are excited and want attention. While they mean no harm, they may accidentally hurt young children or the elderly. The quickest way to stop jumping is to teach another way to get attention from people while making sure they never get attention from people with jumping. You will need a helper for this exercise.

Phase I

1.

With your dog on leash, get into Control Position.

2.

Ask your helper to approach you from a distance of about 5' while ignoring your dog.

3.

Cue your dog to "Sit" next to you, and reward with a treat. Stand up and get a 2nd treat for your dog. Stand up and get a 3rd one. Helper walks away as you feed the 3rd treat.

4.

When your dog is holding the Sit and not trying to jump on your helper, move to Phase II. (It is ok if you don't make it to Phase II this week).

Mastery of this exercise will put your dog well on the way to earning the Canine Good Citizen title.

 

Phase II

1.

With your dog on leash, get into Control Position.

2.

Ask your helper to approach you from a distance of about 5' while ignoring your dog.

3.

Cue your dog to "Sit" next to you, and reward with a treat. Helper pets your dog for 3 seconds and then walks away.

4.

When your dog is holding the Sit and not trying to jump on your helper, the helper can pet them longer while you continue to give treats. Stop before your dog gets too excited and breaks the Sit.

Always check in with your dog before letting someone pet them. Even the most friendly dog can have a bad day or get a bad vibe from someone and not want to be petted. Forcing them can set them up to make a costly mistake. Forced petting does not help shy dogs like strangers!

The ultimate goal is that a person approaching becomes the cue for your dog to Sit. After lots of practice, Sit for petting will become automatic.

 

Phase III

1.

Follow the steps from Phase II with as many different people as possible.

2.

If your dog is holding the Sit while they are petted, stop feeding treats. The petting is the reward.

3.

If your dog is still jumping up when someone approaches or touches them, increase the treats to keep them in the Sit position while people pet. Fade the amount of treats as they get better.

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