Help--how to train dog with bad habits? - Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
Preeminent Member
OutWest's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: El Dorado County, CA
Posts: 10,884
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 73 Post(s)
Thanks: 15,547
Thanked 11,345 Times in 5,626 Posts
Red face Help--how to train dog with bad habits?

Hi all. Most of you know that we recently adopted Bella, a one year old. She's had no formal training and we've taught her quite a bit, with the help and example provided by Tucker and Tess. We will be taking her to obedience classes soon, however she came with some bad habits, and since she's grown and not a puppy, I'm unsure how to address them because what we've been doing isn't working. I would welcome suggestions.

The most serious is jumping. She's a stealth jumper. She comes up right underneath our faces with no warning. I think she's trying to be affectionate and get her face next to ours, but we've had some minor injuries! (I got a fat upper lip this morning, and DD got clunked in her Adams apple. ).

What we've been doing: grabbing her by the collar and tugging downwards when we see that she's going to jump (but we often don't know in time). Saying "no" and turning our backs on her. I haven't tried the can of coins yet, but may do that next. It seems hard to manage--do we walk around with a can of coins all day long?

Anyway, any ideas for how to work with her? It's getting very old.

Kathleen, mom to one human, age 21, two canines, three cats, and a bunch of fish.

My love bug Bella has cancer
I bought the dogs a ranch, part one
I bought the dogs a ranch, part two
OutWest is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 01:52 PM
AKA: Joyce
Bentleysmom's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: SE MI
Posts: 7,445
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 9,454
Thanked 14,435 Times in 4,353 Posts
When I rescued my adult GR Buddy he did the same thing. We tried so many things it was frustrating. What finally worked for us was lifting our leg whenever he started toward us, this way he ran into our knee. It became second nature for us to do and when Buddy stopped jumping we had to learn to not raise out knee It took awhile of consistently doing it but it worked. Good luck!
Bentleysmom is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Bentleysmom For This Useful Post:
OutWest (11-19-2012)
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 01:52 PM
Senior Member
Tayla's Mom's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 3,504
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,641
Thanked 3,575 Times in 1,864 Posts
You would do it the same way as with puppies I would imagine. You will need to be proactive since she is big. Make sure she knows the sit command and when ever she even looks like she wants to greet you give her the command to sit and praise her. If she jumps just walk away.

Barb, Rick, "Tayla" Ruff Start Hot On The Trail (STAR Puppy) (Born 11/11, Gotcha 3/12) and "Lily" Stargazer's Make It So, CGC (Gotcha 12/21/13)

Cheyenne (CGC) and Jesse (CGC) who will be always loved and never forgotten.
Tayla's Mom is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Tayla's Mom For This Useful Post:
OutWest (11-19-2012), solinvictus (11-19-2012)
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 02:03 PM
Senior Member
solinvictus's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: South Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,457
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Images: 4
Thanks: 2,459
Thanked 4,101 Times in 1,884 Posts
"What we've been doing: grabbing her by the collar and tugging downwards when we see that she's going to jump "

Unfortunately, when grabbing her collar she is getting the attention she seeks. So, whether is is good attention or bad attention she is being rewarded.

You and your daughter need to be more proactive in reading the signs and turning your back before she gets to jump.
I understand sometimes this is impossible and when it happens you still have to give no attention and turn your back.
They usually do it all the more before it finally gets extinguished.

Maybe you can keep a leash on her and step on it so that she cannot jump.

A Dog Is A Commitment For The Life Of The Dog
solinvictus is online now  
The Following User Says Thank You to solinvictus For This Useful Post:
OutWest (11-19-2012)
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 02:43 PM
Senior Member
Charliethree's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Alberta
Posts: 3,121
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 141 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,761
Thanked 4,151 Times in 1,909 Posts
Consider what you want her to do instead of jumping up. Holding her collar would prevent her from jumping but does not tell her what to do. I would suggest training a solid response to the sit command. Anytime she approaches you, and ask for the sit, and reward it. If you can tell she is ready to jump, interupt with 'ah ah', turn away, and immediately ask for the sit and reward when she does. Practice (and reward) the sit in all kinds of situations, whether it is to go out to go pee, go for a walk, her dinner or a pet so that it becomes automatic for her.
Charliethree is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Charliethree For This Useful Post:
OutWest (11-19-2012)
Sponsored Links


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome