by Hans van Heesbeen
Telling a dog to stop jumping, yelling at it, pushing it down, are all actions which in the dog’s world are reinforcing the behaviour so the dog thinks their actions are OK. Those actions are looking, talking, touching.
The answer is to use non-verbal communication.
1. Do NOT look at THE DOG; look up or in the opposite direction
2. Do NOT talk to the dog, silence is golden
3. No touching the dog; cross arms over the chest
4. Hold this stance until the dog stops
Handling the dog in this way gives the message that the behaviour is unacceptable. Acknowledge the dog when the jumping stops. This method is very effective. By doing this every time the dog jumps, the dog learns that sitting, rather than jumping gets the reaction the dog was looking for all the time – acknowledgement!