One of the most common problems people face when they get a new puppy from Dances with Wolves Ranch is dealing with him jumping up on people. All puppies will jump up to try and get attention and each time they is not corrected, you are reinforcing that bad behavior.
In order to correct this habit, you need to give your Dances with Wolves Ranch puppy attention only when he’s doing what you ask. When your puppy jumps up do not reward him. Petting, hugging, giving a treat, talking to him, or even looking at him are all forms of rewards.
Instead of rewarding that bad behavior, whenever your puppy jumps up on you step forward into them and say “off” sternly. Gently push them down with a soft knee and don’t give them positive attention until they have calmed and don’t look like they’re attempting to jump again. If he looks like he’s going to jump up, you can even turn and face the opposite way.
Whatever you do, make sure that you are not praising your puppy as he’s jumping up on you. At Dances with Wolves Ranch we wait until the puppy stands calmly, sits, or lies down to pet him or give a treat. In order for this training to work it has to be consistent. The more you allow the puppy to jump up without correction, the worse the behavior will get, and it may be impossible to correct once he’s older.
Correction with Guests Over
It’s important to correct your White Swiss Shepherd puppy even when guests are over. A good way to keep him under control with the excitement of many people over is to keep him on a leash or put him in a crate when they arrive. Once the situation is calmer you can bring the your Dances with Wolves Ranch puppy out, so he learns the behavior of staying calm and not jumping up on people.
In the first few tries your puppy may not catch on. It may take weeks to see the results. The key is consistency and not giving up. If you refuse to give your puppy attention when he’s disobeying, your puppy will eventually learn that good behavior is rewarded and he will become a calm, well-trained dog.
If you would like to know more about the White Swiss Shepherds we have for sale check out our site Berger Blanc Suisse Puppies for Sale.com or for more information on the breed go to our about the breed page at DanceswithWolvesRanch.com.