“I can barely walk in the door my dog is jumping so much!”
“I don’t even want to have company over because my dog jumps and acts crazy.”
“I can’t have her out when grandma comes over because she’ll knock her down!”
In dog training we have two basic tools: management and training.
- Management is where we simply control the dog’s environment and we aren’t actually teaching them anything. Maybe you’ve been managing your dog’s behavior without even realizing it. Management looks like, putting your dog in the crate during meal time so they can’t beg.
- Training is when our dog is actively learning an alternative behavior to the one they’ve been offering us. For example, instead of your dog begging at meal time, you train them to hold a down-stay on a mat.
- Dog stays in crate when guests arrive.
- Dog stays on leash when guests arrive.
- Dog is allowed a frozen stuffed kong when you have guests.
Mat Work – Jumpers need a space to settle. To signify to our dog that it’s time to hold a down-stay for duration, we use a mat. This can be a very inexpensive bath or kitchen mat or even the yoga mat that’s buried in your basement (not that mine is buried in my basement or anything like that). Here are the steps you will follow.