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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-13-2012, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping up on people

Our almost 9 month old Vizsla is the sweetest, most well behaved girl. She is trained to sit, down, walk on a leash and come when called.

However, we cannot seem to break her from jumping up on people. She just loves them (and us) so much she gets excited and jumps up - planting a mouth kiss on anyone under 5 feet, knocking older folks back or sometime hitting men (well, where they don't want to be hit), but most often she places her paws on a persons chest.

Any suggestions that are gentle & kind? She does not respond to harsh training - she's got a soft, sweet personality.
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Re: Jumping up on people

I shot my first vizsla for doing that......Just kidding.........

They are very hind leggy dogs, some more than others. But this is a very common issue. I tend to take control of the meetings before the dog has a chance to jump. So I will recall them, make them sit and ask the person not to interact or pat them until they are still. It still takes a long time if you have a jumpy one, but eventually, they walk up to people and sit looking up expecting a pat without jumping at all. Repetition and consistency!

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OOPS same here. Mine jumped on kids, parents, anybody walking past us, even a police officer

We set up jump sessions where we jumped up and down together. From time to time I grabbed his feet and said OFF and off he was... I didn't squeeze his paws or pinched between the toes.
As an added bonus I would make him WHOA and wait for the jump command. I used "let's dance" as the command to run to me and jump up and down.
Real fun. I think it took about a month and now I miss the jump sessions.

Worked for my dog, not sure if other dogs respond the same way, though.

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OOPS same here. Mine jumped on kids, parents, anybody walking past us, even a police officer

We set up jump sessions where we jumped up and down together. From time to time I grabbed his feet and said OFF and off he was... I didn't squeeze his paws or pinched between the toes.
As an added bonus I would make him WHOA and wait for the jump command. I used "let's dance" as the command to run to me and jump up and down.
Real fun. I think it took about a month and now I miss the jump sessions.

Worked for my dog, not sure if other dogs respond the same way, though.
I'll let you now in about a month then! ha ha, yep Rubes is a jumper too

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This pretty much goes for ALL types of dogs, not just the V's i'd assume.......
I read on here about alot of "V" problems that i think are just "dog" problems. All dogs get excited and jump if not corrected yes?

...he was worth the wait as are all good things
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Thanks so much for the suggestions. I'll try the "play time" coupled with repetition/consistency at home.

Once I fix it here, then it should correct itself in public (people think she's cute & don't stop her from jumping on them, so they aren't helping with the issue).

Vizslas are very smart, trainable dogs but they are also very fun loving & playful.
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Jasper is horribly, obnoxiously jumpy. It started when some drunk friends of mine gave him lots of love and cuddles when he jumped on them as a puppy (I was not in the room at the time, and I had even lectured them on this!). It hasn't gotten better since, and he's a year old! We're slowly working on it, but it's a rough habit to break, particularly so because he won't jump on me at all, so I have to enlist a brave (sometimes jock-strapped :) soul to give me a hand. He gets so excited about people--he loves, loves, loves them! He'll ignore food for them completely--even the really good stuff. Once a girl in the street thought I was holding him to the side of the sidewalk because he was going to attack her. In her defense, it was dark, but he wasn't growling or barking, just whining and pulling towards her. Ha! Attack her with lots of V love, maybe.

Certain people are jump-worthy, others not. I have not figured it out. Same goes for face licking. It's interesting what dogs see in certain people.

I've been told Vizslas are particularly "springy" dogs, in that a lot of them seem to have jumping issues. But yes, certainly, many dogs jump. I try to take it as a compliment (since I know it just means they're excited to see me and want to say hi!), but it is difficult if it's persistent.
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Re: Jumping up on people

I never tried to alter SAMs genetically hard wired behaviors. Instead, I tried to put them on command. The trick is finding fun games.

Pulling is a hard one, for example.
So, I made it easier for him. I put the most comfortable harness I coul find on him and let him pull as hard as he wanted. The trick was, the harder he pulled, the slower I walked. Wonderfull workout for both of us and it tends to put some muscle mass on him. Especially, if the leash is connected my waist (google freeleash). Now, he still pulls but much less :P
(of course, for ultimate control, the prong collar and later, the E-collar are indispensable).

@ redrover, I left Sam with my brother for 20 minutes and found him afraid of slippery floors >



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redrover, it's like I'm reading about my Sophie! And she's almost two! I do have to say that we haven't trained her on NOT jumping a whole lot because she doesn't jump on me or my hubby. She also doesn't jump equally crazy on everyone. She goes completely nuts over my sister and my niece, not so crazy over my mother-in-law.

This morning I watched online the Vizsla group at the Westminster dog show, and there were few jumpy Vizslas. It, of course, left me feel good about Sophie's jumping haha

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Just watched the Sporting Dogs in the Westminster show.

At the end, when they were running the top 5 or 6 dogs around the ring, I got another glimpse of the Vizsla behind it's podium with it's owner.

Guess what it's doing?!?!

Jumping up on her - front feet on her chest. LOL! ;D ;D
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