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There is nothing more frustrating and annoying then having your dog jumping up on you, your friends or absolute strangers.  Understanding why your dog jumps and how to stop this behavior is not difficult and will stop your dog from jumping.

First and foremost, understand what is natural to dogs.  Dogs, by nature, need to interact directly.  This means eye contact.  Your pup will jump in an attempt to make eye contact with you. To reinforce that you are aware that he is there and you see him!

When your pup attempts to jump, kneel down on his level in order to make that eye contact.  Once you have knelt down, your pup will stop jumping.  You have reinforced that “you see him”, “you are aware of him”.

This is a temporary fix not a permanent fix.  There are various methods, that through patience and consistency, will stop your dog’s habit of jumping.

One method that has worked well for me is turning my back on my dog when she attempted to jump. Try this out and see if it works for you also:

When your dog starts to jump, cross your arms and turn your back to him and look away from him.  Avoid All Eye Contact!  As he attempts to come around to face you – keep turning away from him.  He will eventually calm down because dogs hate to be ignored.

You will have to repeat this method several times until he fully understands that jumping is not allowed.  This is because each time you finally face him, he will start jumping again.  When he does, just start the process all over again.

It will take a while to instill in your pup that jumping is non-acceptable, but it does work and he will learn.  Once again, the key to any training is Patience.

Here’s a method that works well with large dogs:

When he jumps, gently grab his legs and start walking him backwards then place his legs on the ground and firmly say “down!” Say this firmly but not in anger.  You do not want to instill in your dog that sitting makes you angry or that sitting is doing something wrong.

Dogs do not like walking backwards! Dogs need to see where they are going and walking backwards is very unpleasant to them.  By doing this, they will associate jumping with the unpleasant task of walking backwards.

It doesn’t take a long time to teach your little friend to stop jumping, just perseverance and patience.

There are many different methods to stop your dog from jumping.  If one doesn’t seem to work, find another one.  All dogs are different and will not all learn from the same method. Find one that seems to be working well with your pup.  Stay consistent with whatever method you choose and he will learn.

Here are some more methods to help with Stop Jumping:

Dog Obedience Advice

wikiHow

Pet education.com

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Cats have always seemed a little mysterious to people.  Their behavior leaves us wondering “why is he/she doing that?”  Understanding your cat’s behavior will bring a clear understanding of what makes them tick and what they need in order to be happy.

Well, like all animals, there is always a means to everything.  Let’s take a look at some of the common behavioral issues with our cats.

Why is My Cat in the Hottest Spot in the House?

Cats are forever seeking out the warmest spot in your home, whether it’s a window, a fireplace or under your covers.  Cats are “heat seekers”, their body temperature is higher than humans (38.6 °C 101.5 °F) and what seems very warm to you, is not warm enough for your friend.  Lying in a window, for instance, allows the warmth of the sun to capture into their fur and remain for quite a good amount of time.

Why is He Making Chattering Noises?

When your friend is sitting in a window and staring out, chances are he has spied something that triggers his natural hunting instincts.  Usually, in our modern world, it’s a bird.  Cats instinctively make a sound that is very close to chattering.  In prides, their larger cousins make this sound to let others in the pride know that food is within sight. With domestic cats it could mean something of interest has stirred him.

My Cat Rubs Up Against Everything – Including Me! What On Earth Is That About?

Cats are extremely territorial.  That said, cats have glands on both sides of their faces.  These glands secrete a scent that marks the object or person.  This tells other cats “this is mine! Stay Away!”  Also while rubbing their faces up against you or objects they leave saliva which also leaves a scent to other cats that this is now owned.  Now, if you have multiple cats, they will all do the same thing thereby passing the gauntlet back and forth.  Consider yourself honored!

You might notice when company comes by, your cat will rub up against them performing this same ritual.  What they are doing is bringing this strange new encounter into the fold, making them a part of his or her territory!  Your guests should be honored!

My Cat Would Play 24/7 If He Didn’t Need Rest!

There are two reasons your cat plays.  One and the most obvious is they love to play!  It’s great exercise and they need to burn off their unending supply of energy.  Never take their toys away from them!  If you do, they will go after your belongings and in many cases start breaking things.

The second reason cats play is a little more complex.  Cats in the wild constantly test their hunting skills.  By playing with a string, a cat toy, etc., they are testing their hunting and capturing skills.  When they pounce on a toy they are testing their ability to capture the prey.

Cats have many behaviors that we as humans find very odd. Yet, the longer you live with your friend you will find there is a reason for all of his or her behaviors.  By paying attention and understanding your cat’s behavior, will help you  bond with them and that understanding  will make your friend ever so happy.

Read More About Cat Behavior:

Always, Wikipedia

The Cat Site

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