Polite Approaches

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Talk to your family members and training groups to decide whether or not you’re okay with your puppy jumping on you. It’s not fair to your puppy to be inconsistent with your criteria, so make sure that everyone is on the same page.

Teaching a puppy not to jump can take a lot of time! In the meantime, reward them for making good decisions, and create an environment where your puppy isn’t going to jump. Set them up for success!

This week, practice having your puppy greet someone who will immediately say “scatter” (or your choice of cues) and drop several treats on the ground for the puppy to eat. A puppy who is vacuuming the ground isn’t jumping! You can practice this two ways:

  1. You can set up the game with someone who will cue the scatter and drop treats, or
  2. You can redirect your puppy to you, say “scatter” and drop treats while you have a brief conversation.