I was in Pompano last week at a new Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® client installing a new system for his Olde English Bulldog named Angel. Angel liked to dig under the back fence, so the Dog Guard underground perimeter fence I installed gave him a very clear queue that he shouldn’t do that anymore. After about thirty minutes of training, Angel clearly got the picture that he should hang out in the yard and not try to dig under the fence to get out. As I was finishing up, I noticed that my client also had a young, female Golden Retriever. I asked him about her. He said that she was fine and never wanted to leave the property. He then said that his big problem with her was her jumping. He said he didn’t mind her jumping on him, just not others. Knowing that I was also a behavioral dog trainer, he asked if there was anything he could do about her jumping on other people.
I explained that jumping, like all bad behaviors, must be looked upon as the breaking of “family rules”. With dogs, your rules must be really simple and easily understood. The rules you give your dog must be absolute. For example, letting your dog jump on you because you like it but not wanting him to jump on your guests because they may not like dogs is not an absolute or clearly understood rule. It injects logic and a level of problem solving that is impossible for your dog to comprehend. If you don’t want your dog to jump, it must be that he can’t jump on anybody, ever. Even if some of your friends like him to jump on them, he must not be allowed to do so. I gave my client some ideas to think about and hopefully implement:
- You must implement the “cold turkey rule”. Never suggest or encourage your dog to jump on yourself or anybody. Your friends must know that they can never ask her to jump on them. This undermines your authority and the effectiveness of the rule.
- If your dog approaches and displays the “I am about to jump” body language, you must pay no attention and calmly walk away. This will passively eliminate you from the inappropriate moment. When you move away, continue to face her. This shows your dominance and resolution.
- If she starts to jump, don’t do things like turning your back to her or sticking out your knee at her. This simply adrenalizes her and shows her that you “want to play”. Face her, stand tall, be calm, and say “No” in a strong, low, meaningful tone.
- Put her on a leash when you have guests at the house. If she is starts to get a little crazy, calmly simply step on the leash so she doesn’t have the ability to jump. Even though she may try to jump a few times, she can’t get more than a few inches off the ground because you have stepped on the leash to stop her. You don’t have to become actively engaged because you have done everything you needed to do to stop her. She will interpret your passive, authoritarian body language as “dominance” and will quickly submit to your clear rule.
When you keep your rules simple and clearly communicate them, you dog will almost always “be good”. We are always ready and willing to help you with all your dog training and invisible fence questions. Please visit Dog Fence Training Help Pompano South Florida or simply pick up the phone and call us at (954) 472-4724. Find out about Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® and the answers we provide by looking at Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers Pompano South Florida. Robin and have been your neighborhood canine experts for over twelve years in Pompano and all over South Florida area. If your dog needs obedience or behavioral training, you need to come to us. Learn more about our proven dog training technique at Home Dog Training Pompano South Florida.