Before you begin to retrain your dog in order to eliminate this behavior, it is very important to first realize where it came from in the first place. The fact is that if your dog has never been given food from the table, it is unlikely that he would waste his time begging. If the behavior had never been rewarded it probably would not continue.
There are two simple rules about jumping up: the dog should never be rewarded for jumping up without being asked to do so first, and 2.) the dog should never be punished for the behavior, at least not overtly.
Timing in the use of verbal praise is almost as important as the praise itself. Dogs have an extremely limited short-term memory, and there is a window of only a few second for a reward to be effective in associating with a certain action.
Ideally, the time to begin leash training is around eight weeks of age. At this point, your puppy is mature enough to learn basic commands, like come or let’s go.
Teaching sit, stay, come can be fairly easy but it does take a bit of patience and it should be done in a positive manner. If the essentials of dog training are taught in a negative fashion, then your puppy will equate learning with something bad; trust me when I say that this will only undermine your efforts.
Every dog owner knows that dogs engage in some behaviors that are hard to understand. With a little research, you can understand some of your dog’s behaviors and, if necessary, learn how to curb the less pleasant ones.
Unfortunately part of dealing with an aggressive dog means that you live with the possibility that he will bite, either a human or another animal, and that someone will insist that you put your beloved but beastly pal to sleep. In some cases, you will be able to fight it, such as if he bites a dog that approaches him that is off a leash, but your guy is on the leash.
Colleen Pelar, CPDT, is the author of Living with Kids and Dogs.
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