If Fido is jumping against a glass door, correct his behavior as soon as possible so it doesn't turn into a hard-to-break habit. Understand, your pet companion might be trying to tell you something -- maybe he needs to go potty, he wants to come back inside or maybe he wants to greet the mailman or chase a teasing cat. Whatever the reason, teach your dog good manners so you can avoid muddy paw prints, scratches and possible injuries, and always reward desired behavior to motivate him to keep up the good work.
Items You May Need:
• Sticky tape
• Dog treats
• Can of coins or whistle
• Dog toy
• Carpet runner
• Food-stuffed dog toys
Tip #1 - Avoid opening the door for your dog when he's jumping up against it. Opening the door reinforces his behavior -- he'll continue jumping because you always do what he wants you to. Instead, step away from the door and wait for your furry friend to calm down. When his paws are on the ground, move toward the door. If he starts charging or jumping again, back away from the door. When he stops and firmly has his paws on the floor, say "good boy" and open the door. Don't give in -- with consistency your dog will learn that jumping doesn't get him anywhere.
Tip #2 - Blow up balloons and use sticky tape to attach them to the door in the area where your dog's paws land when he jumps. Next time he jumps on the door, the balloons will burst and stop him in his tracks, making him think twice about jumping on the glass door again.
Tip #3 - Prioritize obedience training so you can control your dog's behavior. If your pet companion jumps on the glass door when it's time for his walk, tell him to sit and stay before he starts jumping, or tell him to find his toy. Redirecting your dog's attention can keep him from jumping on the door. Reward with praise and dog treats for obeying so he'll gladly repeat the good behavior.
Tip #4 - Startle your pet companion the moment he starts jumping. Shake a can of coins or blow a whistle to distract and startle your dog so he stops jumping on the glass door. Ensure your dog can't see you making the noise -- you want him to associate the noise with his jumping. When he stops jumping, redirect him to a dog toy and praise him when he shows interest in it. With consistency, he'll stop jumping to avoid the unpleasant noise and to get praise.
Tip #5 - Place an upside-down carpet runner on the ground near the door. When your dog goes to jump on the door, the nubby texture feels unpleasant on his feet, making him stay away from the door.
Tip #6 - Spice up your dog's life to keep him from misbehaving. Challenge him mentally with daily obedience training sessions and food-stuffed dog toys. Go for walks together so he can socialize and interact with other dogs and people. For a physical workout, play a game of fetch with him or take him along on your jog so he can run and tire himself out.
By Kimberly Caines
Training Your Dog the Humane Way; Alana Stevenson
Stop That Dog Now!; Sue Clauss
Animal Welfare League of Arlington: Training Dogs Not to Jump
Larimer Humane Society: Using Aversives to Modify Your Dog
ASPCA: Enriching Your Dog's Life
About the Author
Kimberly Caines is a well traveled model, writer and licensed physical fitness trainer who was first published in 1997. Her work has appeared in the Dutch newspaper "De Overschiese Krant" and on various websites. Caines holds a degree in journalism from Mercurius College in Holland and is writing her first novel.