Training Two Dogs to Stop Jumping at the Door

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: November 21, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with two Vizslas, Callie and Reilly, who needed help to stop jumping up at their guardian when she walked through the door.

When I first arrived Callie was a little nervous to greet me at the door. To help her learn how to relax around me I ignored her so she didn’t feel intimidated by my presence. I then sat down and faced away from her so she could come up and approach me as she gained confidence. It worked! Callie was able to walk up to me and receive pets within the first hour of my visit. I also learned that Reilly liked to jump up at the door when his guardian went downstairs to prepare the dog’s food. So I showed her an exercise to help him stop jumping up:

As you can see in the video, at first Reilly was very excitable and then he learned how to calm down. The key to this is to have good timing and listen for Reilly to stop pacing around the room. When you hear that he is being quiet than it is a good time to start to open the door. If he gets excitable again, shut the door and wait for him to relax again.

By the end of the session both dogs were looking to their guardian for leadership and direction. Callie was gaining confidence and walking up to me to receive affection and Reilly was learning to relax and wait for his guardain to walk through the door. As a Vizla trainer I suggest to continue to keep Petting with a Purpose. We wrapped up this dog behavior session with Reilly and Callie’s Roadmap to Success, which you can watch below.

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