Teaching an Excited Goldendoodle to Not Jump on People

By: David Codr

Published Date: March 6, 2018

For this Omaha dog training session we worked with a very jumpy dog named Honey, a 1 year-old Goldendoodle who also mouthes people when excited.

I called ahead and gave the family some instructions to set up the technique I use to stop any dog from jumping up on people. You can watch me apply this approach and how quickly it settled Honey down in the video below.

If you have a dog with a jumping problem its important to note that they often do so because they are over excited, and that clearly was the case with Honey. I made sure to point out that anything Honey was doing when they petted her was what they were rewarding. Avoiding petting Honey at other times she is excited will be an important part of her rehabilitation.

Teaching a dog to stop jumping on guests was at the top of the guardians list of dog behavior problems they wanted to address. But as you saw in the above video, Honey also liked to mouth people’s hands. To help stop this dog behavior problem, I shared a few tips to stop Honey’s mouthing.

Next I dug a little deeper to determine what kind of structure was in place. In my experience as a dog behavior expert, I find many times people reward undesired behaviors which confuses the dog and sometimes trains it to act out as those actions get the human’s attention.

Turns out Honey didn’t have many rules and was accustomed to mouthing people to ask for attention or affection. This likely confused her into thinking she had the same authority as the family members.

As the family has young children, I showed them my trick to motivate the kids to interact with the dog in a positive way. This will help the dog get used to listening to the kids which will build respect for them as authority figures.

By the end of the session, Honey was showing respect for people’s personal space, calmed down much faster when grandma came to visit and the humans seemed to feel like they now had the tools to teach the dog to behave as they want.

To help them remember all the dog behavior secrets I shared with them in this at home dog training session, we shot a roadmap to success video that you can check out below.

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