We have a started a new series of Basic Obedience Classes at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels taught primarily by Dean Heckathorn.Our Class takes place on Saturday morning at 10:30 am and runs about an hour. The class location is at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels located in Mannford, Oklahoma by Keystone Lake.The only requirements and cost for the class is a dog of any age and breed and a good attitude.
I am a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club and; therefore, my obedience classes focus on socialization of our students to strange dogs and people.After attending my classes for 4 to 5 times with a lot of work at home most of our students should be able to pass the Canine Good Citizen test and earn their Canine Good Citizen Certificates, which is the first step towards becoming a Therapy or Service Dog.
Conclusion:How to Stop Your German Shepherd Dog, Adult and Puppy to Stop Jumping on You
Today we conclude our 3 part training tip on how to stop your German Shepherd Dog adult or puppy from jumping on you and other people.
This last method that I recommend for your German Shepherd Dog to stop jumping on people requires two people. This method is mainly for those German Shepherd Dogs that only jump after an extended absence by the owner or family members.
This exercise can be accomplished at the door that the family uses to enter the house. First a family Member that is home must be contacted by the arriving owner that they are a few minutes from coming home. The person that is home gets the German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult on a leash and choke chain. Place the German Shepherd Dog on a sit and stay command in front of the door. Then the arriving owner opens the door and provides verbal commands for the German Shepherd dog to remain in a sit and stay. The person on the leash gives choke chain corrections (in silence) for the arriving family member.
The arriving family member does not approach the German Shepherd Dog until they are are in the sit and stay position. If the dog moves as you approach give verbal commands while the leash is operated by the silent family member. Continue with this exercise until you can approach your German Shepherd Dog while they remain in the sit and stay position. Once approached give your German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult love and praise. Repeat this exercise every time you return home until your German Shepherd Dog will remain in a sit and stay position until greeted. Then try it without the leash and choke chain. Repeat training exercise if your German Shepherd Dog reverts back to jumping.
The above method can be transferred to the yard or kennel. Try utilizing the outside door to the backyard or a gate for the arriving family member.
Lastly, I do not advocate kneeing your German Shepherd Dog when they jump because your dog does not understand this correction and they are also in a very vulnerable position and can be seriously and/or permanently injured if kneed, which can cause them to land awkwardly. In addition, I do not advocate hitting your German Shepherd dog with a slap or with your fist on the muzzle. Again, they do not understand this correction and you can seriously injure your hand on their teeth since the German shepherd Dog’s mouth will usually be open while jumping up to give you a kiss. Also, you may injure your German Shepherds Dog’s eye if you start flailing with your hand.
With patience and persistence you can use the above exercises to train your German Shepherd Dog puppy, adolescent, or adult not to jump on you and others. Your German Shepherd Dog will love you more if they are well mannered and they will show you their appreciation with lots of kisses without jumping.
Continuation:How to Stop Your German Shepherd Dog, Adult and Puppy to Stop Jumping on You
Yesterday’s discussion focused on how to keep your German Shepherd Dog puppy from jumping on you. More specifically how not to inadvertently train your puppy to jump on you.
Today we will discuss how to stop your German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult to not jump on you or other people. This will not be easy and will require patience and persistence. There are several methods to re-train your German Shepherd Dog from jumping on you and most require a certain level of physical strength and mobility by the owner. I will provide the methods that I found to be effective. For all these methods, you must be persistent and never allow your German shepherd Dog to jump on you without applying one of these methods. In addition, these methods can be combined or each specific method can be used to fit the situation.
The first method requires the most physical ability by the owner and the most effort. When your German Shepherd Dog jumps on you immediately give the correction “OFF” then take your German Shepherd Dog to the ground laying on top of your German Shepherd Dog until he stops struggling. This is the ultimate show of dominance and reinforces that the owner is the Alpha Dog or Pack Leader. Once the German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult stops struggling release them and provide praise and love. This is done for two reasons, to reassure your German Shepherd Dog and to incite excitement that may cause them to jump on you again. If you can get them to jump on you again then repeat the exercise. For the more stubborn German shepherd Dog, you may have to repeat several times. If you have small children or other family members that are not physically able to hold the German Shepherd Dog down, but nevertheless are a target of the German Shepherd Dog’s jumping include them in the exercise with you taking the dog down to the ground. Once the German Shepherd Dog is released allow the child or other person to reassure the dog and possibly entice the jumping behavior to repeat the exercise.
Note: that the above method is not for German Shepherd Dog adolescents or adults that have aggressive behavior problems due to the chance of the owner or other participants being bit. Consult your professional trainer if you are unsure about your German Shepherd Dog’s behavior problems or aggressiveness.
Another method that requires less physical ability of the owner is for the owner to grab the front feet of the German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult when the dog jumps. Immediately, use the command “OFF” while walking the German Shepherd Dog backwards. Repeat the OFF command several times while you are doing this exercise. Again, if you have family members that are not capable of doing this exercise then do it for them by grabbing the feet and walking the dog backwards for three or four yards (9 to 12 feet) before releasing the dog back to the ground. Once the exercise is complete reassure the German Shepherd Dog by using praise and love. Repeat as necessary. You may also squeeze the front feet, thus increasing the discomfort to your German Shepherd Dog.
All methods can be combined, for example you may start the retraining exercise by laying on top off your German Shepherd Dog on Saturday when you are not wearing your best clothes and then the following morning on your way to church you may want to grab the German Shepherd Dog’s feet and walk backwards to keep your clothes from being soiled. The main point is no matter what method(s) you use, you must use a corrective exercise every time your German Shepherd Dog jumps on you or another person. Persistence in these exercises will achieve the fastest and lasting results.
Tomorrow I conclude this discussion by providing another effective method to stop your German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult from jumping on you and other people.