Teaching a Pair of Great Dane mixes to Calm Down and Stop Jumping on People

By: David Codr

Published Date: May 15, 2019

Lola and Mitzi - Teaching a Pair of Great Dane mixes to Calm Down and Stop Jumping on People

For this Omaha dog training session we help a pair of 5 year-old Great Dane mix litter-mates, teaching Lola and Mitzi to calm down and stop jumping up on people.

The great thing about this way of training a dog to stop jumping on people is the dog learns on its own instead of the human trying to micro manage the dog. The dog discovers that being calm gets it attention and excited behavior or jumping up on people causes them to move away. It takes practice and repetition so I asked the guardians to arrange for a friend or neighbor to drop by every day to help the dog practice. They can even call or text one another while on the way home so they can practice being a guest at the front door themselves.

Stopping a dog from jumping up on people starts with helping the dog calm itself down. Just like humans, dogs make the most mistakes when they are in an unbalanced state of mind. Looking for opportunities to stop the instant a dog starts to get excited is great practice at developing self control. Waiting for permission to eat food waiting on the floor, having to sit and wait at the door for permission to exit or sitting calmly before the leash is attached are but a few examples of ways you can help a dog develop self control and stop getting too excited to listen.

We covered a number of other dog behavior tips in this in home dog behavior training session so we recorded a roadmap to success video detailing them all.

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This post was written by: David Codr