German Shepherd Puppy Training Guide for Beginners – PART 7: Stop Jumping

Jumping is an issue a lot of people struggle with. It may be cute when a small puppy excitedly jumps at you when you come home, but when your GSD hits 60-75 pounds a few months from now, she may accidentally hurt you with her sharp nail or knock down a young child.

You must teach your dog not to jump at you or anybody she meet. 

Oftentimes, we are greeting a dog or bringing over a toy with excitement when we meet our dog the first thing we come home. And your dog will spontaneously react with the same excitement by jumping at you. That’s a natural behavior.

To this end, I could not agree more with Cesar Millian’s theory of using the right (calm) energy – no touch, no talk, and no eye contact.

And here’s how to fix this behavior:

If your dog jumps up at you:

  1. Ignore the jumping. For instance, turn around.
  2. Step forward to claim your space
  3. Ask your dog to SIT

If your dog jumps up at someone:

  1. Discipline your dog by taking the leash and snap it to the side
  2. Ask your dog to SIT
  3. If your dog keeps jumping, take a step back with your leash
  4. Bring the dog to a calm state

Let’s see how one of Cesar’s head trainers Todd Langston has to say.