How to Stop German Shepherd Jumping

Your Dog is Always Happy to see You.

It would appear that jumping on a person is just part of a dog’s style of showing love and securing attention. With a large dog, like the German Shepherd, it is a good idea to break him of this habit when he is a puppy and not to wait until you have a 115 pound dog who wants to demonstrate how happy he is to see you come home from work. As the dog matures it is important to stop German Shepherd jumping as quickly as possible.

These wonderful dogs are eager to learn new things and when rewarded with a treat, they become your number one friend. If the shepherd is going to be used as a protection dog, special training needs to be initiated at the right time in his life.  A puppy should not be expected to provide this service. When in training for protection, jumping is part of the dog’s initial training requirement. When engaged in this type of training to stop a German Shepherd jumping is not the thing to do as that is part of his defense mechanism.

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The Right Command is Important.

To stop German Shepherd jumping is really not all that hard to accomplish. Be sure you have a pocket of treats in order to reward the dog for positive behavior. The main goal, stop German Shepherd jumping, can be initiated from either on or off lead. If on lead, the “alpha” should position himself directly behind the dog with the lead shortened to about twelve inches. This will allow the “alpha” to pull down on the lead as soon as the dog indicates he is about to rear (jump). Upon the initial rear, the lead should be pulled down to the floor or ground and at the same instant the word “no” should be said. Hold the lead on the floor or ground for about twenty seconds while talking to the dog in gentle tones. One does not yell to stop a German Shepherd jumping. Reward the dog while he is on the ground, bring the dog back to your side, and initiate the action again. Do not become frustrated if the dog does not respond well the first few times you try this method. With humans, internalization is not realized until an action has been repeated multiple times. The same can be said for dogs. One word of caution needs to be applied here.  Never use the command “down” to correct the jumping behavior. “Down” is to be used when you want the dog to lay flat on the floor or ground.

To stop German Shepherd jumping from in front of the dog is a bit different. When the dog comes to you and you know that he is about to rear, extend your right hand in front of his nose and use the command “no”. When the rearing is abated, reward the dog with a treat. This is also a good place to initiate the “down” command. When you use the word “no” and your right hand is in front of the dog’s nose, continue the hand to the ground and issue the command “down”.  This action should be followed with the right hand coming into contact with the head of the dog and in a gentle manner, push his head to the ground. The dog will become uncomfortable and will initiate the action of placing himself flat on the ground. Reward the dog’s action with a treat and you are well on your way to stopping the unacceptable behavior.