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Frantically jumping up and down for no apparent reason...jumped at me and tore my blouse it was a good job it wasn't my bottom...I'd have had to have it stitched up
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi JaCustomer,
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My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
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In order to supply you with the best information, I do need to ask for some additional information. Once I receive your answer, it will likely take me about 30-45 minutes to type up your response. I hope you can be patient.
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So your dog is a jrt cross which sounds like he is a smaller dog. Is that correct?
Is he neutered?
What obedience training has he had?
Is he your only dog?
Does he tend to jump up often?
What was going on when this occurred?
Were you leaving the house, trying to get him to do something?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes, he is a neutered JRX.Neutered in the Dogs home at age 6yrs3mnthsapprox. Taken to Dogs home in August and I found him in Nov.Maybe the neutering being later in his life could have something to do with it.He is my only dog, a rescue to me I am 86yrs old and dearly love dogs but fear that he may be too lively for me.He is very clean and obedient in all ways except this barking that started when he was alerted by 2 shrill whistles on a t v prog .4 weeks ago I have had him for 41/2 months.He spasmodically jumps for no apparent reason. He must have had some training by a previous owner in his early puppy days...

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Eda,
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Thanks for the additional information. This breed is prone to being very energetic and many tend to jump straight up to attract attention. What is likely happening is that he doesn't see you as a strong leader and thus is showing dominant beahavior. His attack sounds like an attempt to reprimand you for something he thinks you did or didn't do. His jumping though is usually a way that this breed gets attention.
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In many cases, the dog will jump and the owner will show it attention and thus the dog learns to continue the behavior each time it wants the owners attenton. However, I do think that there are things you can do to help curb your dog tendency to act like this. The fastest way of stopping unwanted behavior would be working with him daily on obedience training. You do not need to do a formal class unless you want to.
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The following site is helpful for teaching you how to train your dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.

http://www.schutzhund-training.com/training_theory.html
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Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.
http://www.pets.ca/articles/article-dog_nilf.htm
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If he felt you were doing something he didn't like, he would likely nip or possibly sound very ferocious to reprimand you. With the obedience training and NILF program, you will reestablish yourself as the boss and he will not reprimand you anymore.
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The obedience training will also help as you will be able to order him to sit or lay down when he starts the jumping up. You will use hot dog or liver slivers to reward him for obeying as dogs tend to love them and cut paper thin you can get 50 treats out of a hot dog.
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Correcting excess barking can be more difficult. As crazy as this sounds she may wish to teach the pup the speak command and then the quiet command. It seems easier to teach the quiet command after the dog has learned the speak command. The following site explains teaching speak and quiet commands.
http://www.dogskool.com/web/news/summer2002/page3.html
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I would also see if there is a teenager or college student who would be willing to give him some nice long fast paced walks each week. Daily would be better, but either would give him some much needed exercise and calm him down a bit. If you have an enclosed yard, you might think about an automatic ball throwing machine to give him a lot of exercise without having to toss the ball yourself.
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I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .
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Experience: Dog breeder/Trainer and Behaviorist 18+ years
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