4 On the Floor

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Pre-requisite: Clicker Basics, Name Game, Hand Targeting, Sit

Description: Teach your dog to not jump on people, including you!

What’s in your toolbox? What does your dog already know?

  • Sit
  • Hand Targeting
  • Spin
  • Is your dog food motivated?
  • Is your dog treat motivated?

Read our homework article: Move Away from the Guest which is available in your USER menu of our website.

Remember, TRAIN behaviors so that you can USE behaviors.

Example: If your dog has a good solid Sit, or a good solid Hand Target, you can use those behaviors to ask your dog for something before your dog jumps on your guest.

Skill Level: Work at your dog’s skill level. Remember that friendly dogs are so happy to see you, or guests that they just cannot think about a stationary behavior such as Sit when they are new to training. Practice makes perfect! Work your dog at your dog’s skill level.

Tools:

1. Being Proactive and getting in front of the jumping behavior!

a. The single most important training tool for eliminating jumping is to be proactive. You KNOW your dog is going to do it and you KNOW when, be prepared to get in front of the behavior and ask for something else.

b. Practice makes perfect so if your dog practices keeping all 4 feet on the floor, he’ll get really good at it!

2. Kibble Toss!

a. Toss high value food away from your guest. Be ready to toss a couple of times, when your dog keeps returning to YOU, ask for Sit. Simultaneously ask your guest to ignore your dog.

b. Toss high value toy away from your guest! Is your dog crazy about a ball? Be ready to toss a couple of times, when your dog keeps returning to YOU, ask for Sit. Simultaneously ask your guest to ignore your dog.

3. Hand Target!

a. Ask your dog to Hand Target you, keep your hand low so that he can touch your hand with all 4 paws still on the floor.

b. Ask your guest to offer their hand, low, for the dog to Target.

4. Sit

a. Ask your dog to Sit, while your guest simultaneously ignores your dog. Be sure to REWARD AND REINFORCE that Sit!

5. Management

a. Leashes, crates and baby gates are your friend.

b. Be sure you give your dog something to do if he is tethered or confined so that he remains calm while the guest enters the home.

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