Teaching a Blackmouth Cur Mix to Stop Jumping Up on People

By: David Codr

Published Date: October 28, 2019

For this Omaha dog training session we work with a sensitive and sweet one year-old Blackmouth Cur mix named Cinna who likes to jump up on guests and has some dog aggression.

Knowing that Cinna has a problem jumping up on people who come to visit, I called ahead so I could show the guardian an easy way to stop dog from jumping on people.

The cool thing about this trick to stop a dog from jumping up on people is that the dog learns on its own. It works even if you are not a professional Blackmouth Cur mix dog trainer.

Many people try to stop dogs from jumping by micro managing the dog or trying to punish it with a knee to the chest, etc. But in this case, we use a tool and created a situation where the dog only had a few options. When Cinna decided to sit down or calm down, she received pets and attention. When she got excited or started to jump, the attention went away. This is a form of Operant Conditioning and it’s a powerful way to modify unwanted dog behaviors.

Later in the session, I was showing Cinna’s family members how to tech a dog to stay behind an invisible line. One of the techniques I use to disagree with dogs is a hissing sound. When I made the sound, I did it too loudly. As soon as I did, Cinna lost her confidence and communicated that through her body language; hunching over, cowering and keeping distance between us. I spent several minutes working with her to recover and made sure to point out to her guardians that they should use a lower level of sound in the future as she clearly is a sensitive dog.

Due to time, we didnt get a chance to work on Cinna’s dog reactivity issue. Establishing a healthy living environment with a number of the things we covered in this session helps many dogs stop acting aggressive. If Cinna is still reactive in a month or so, I asked her guardians to let me know so we can set up a follow up session to address her aggressive behavior separately.

To help Cinna’s guardians remember all the helpful dog tips we covered in this in home Omaha dog training session, we recorded a roadmap to success video that you can check out below.

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