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    Any Cavalier King Charles owners??

    Hello ,

    We have a Blenhiem Cavalier about 15months old. Love the little guy so much but.... his jumping up like he is on a pogo stick when he gets excited is driving me nuts! I seriously need to video tape him jumping and then add a pogo stick to the video and I am sure I could win some money for cutest dog video!!!!lol

    My problem is right now I have a severe ankle sprain and I am walking on crutches. When I come home after work he is SO glad to see I can't walk up the steps because he is jumping and won't stop!

    When we get ready to go for a ride, he jumps and jumps until I get near the truck then he finally goes and jumps at the truck door. He has a calm nature until he gets excited about something then you would think he was on speed or some hyper drug.

    My question to anyone is.... How to do train them not to jump? beisdes picking them up ! lol

    Any suggestions will be welcomed! He does know basis commands sit, stay, wait, until he gets excited then he forgets everything! It may be just a small dog syndrome I dunno!

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    My daughter has a cavalier--she is a licker, not a jumper--whole other issue! Anyway, you will probably get quite a few responses, but ideally training should be about reinforcing the positive things he does. Sometimes it is hard to catch them being positive, especially if you are hurting right now. Continue to work on basic obedience, just 10 minutes a day or so, which helps reinforce the bond and his ability to listen to you. When he jumps, say no--put him in a sit or down position and treat him when he does that correctly and holds it for you.

    Above all, he is still a puppy, so he is going to be a little more exciteable--at the same time, its the best time to positively harness and train that energy.

    Good luck, they are great companion dogs.

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    Start working on that sit command when your cav is not so excited eg while you are watching TV; during the ad breaks call him over, tell him to sit and quickly give him a small piece of something great like hard cheese, bacon rind etc. make it a game -- every time he gets up tell him sit and quickly reward him -- your aim is to make sit so wonderful that eventually he will do it even when he is excited. I would suggest you don't place him in position -- just use your voice and holding the food just over his head-- not high or he will jump for it-- also don't waste time telling him No -- tell him what you do want him to do. Get everyone in the family involved -- get them to walk him up the hallway sitting every few steps using an excited voice and a food treat EVERY time. As far as jumping outside, prevention is a great weapon -- have him on a lead so he can't run near the car, and continue to tell him sit as a game every few steps as you walk over to the car --don't open the car door until he is sitting quietly. Make sure you tell him how wonderful he is for playing this game and eventually you will be able to fade the food rewards and only use them occasionally. Two excellent web sites are dogstardaily.com and dogmantics.com/free-video-list/

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    gspsplease suggestion is very good, I have big dogs that were doing the same thing. Positive commands, sitting, stay, down, will correct the problem, but another thing you must do is control your energy. I used to show an excited energy when I came home because I am happy to see my dogs, but the more happy I am the more excited they get. Same thing with other people, if I act happy or excited to see someone they go nuts jumping and whinning, but if I stay quiet and calm they are much more managable. My 5 big dogs are 3 labs and 2 goldens!

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    We have this issue with our 5 year old shepherd. We adopted him a year and a half ago and were able to quell some of his behaviors but jumping was not one. We and Cooper are now in training classes. What we have been taught so far with the jumping us this: as soon as the dog starts jumping stop in your tracks. When the dog stops jumping start walking again. If the start jumping then you stop walking. Watch their faces and try to make eye contact with them when they aren't jumping. It took forever (it seemed) to get across the kitchen with Cooper's food bowl but.he finally caught on within a couple days. We do the same thing when we come in the house. Cooper has learned that he can greet us at the door and he almost immediately goes into a sit.
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    I don't own dogs (cats are out animal of choice) but I know enough of them to know most are very smart and highly trainable. You pet sounds like a real joy; happy to see you and excited about going anywhere with you. You're very lucky. Please, invest some time and money and get him the professional training he deserves so you both can enjoy your life! There are very few dogs of his breed that can't be trained to do, or not do, almost anything. Good luck to you both. P.S. Please, please don't blame him if you don't train him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by llong0233 View Post
    I don't own dogs (cats are out animal of choice) but I know enough of them to know most are very smart and highly trainable. You pet sounds like a real joy; happy to see you and excited about going anywhere with you. You're very lucky. Please, invest some time and money and get him the professional training he deserves so you both can enjoy your life! There are very few dogs of his breed that can't be trained to do, or not do, almost anything. Good luck to you both. P.S. Please, please don't blame him if you don't train him.
    Cavaliers are very smart! My MIL has one and he is now a therapy dog. He makes weekly visits to hospitals and nursing homes. The nursing home residents prefer Windsor than the other dogs in his group because of his size and also because he is so well behaved! There are other wonderful smart dogs of different breeds in his group as well but he tends to be a favorite!
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    We have this issue with our 5 year old shepherd. We adopted him a year and a half ago and were able to quell some of his behaviors but jumping was not one. We and Cooper are now in training classes. What we have been taught so far with the jumping us this: as soon as the dog starts jumping stop in your tracks. When the dog stops jumping start walking again. If the start jumping then you stop walking. Watch their faces and try to make eye contact with them when they aren't jumping. It took forever (it seemed) to get across the kitchen with Cooper's food bowl but.he finally caught on within a couple days. We do the same thing when we come in the house. Cooper has learned that he can greet us at the door and he almost immediately goes into a sit.
    I guess I forgot about the positive reinforcing! It just comes natural to us now. When the dog makes eye contact with you, be sure and reinforce the behavior with a praise word. We use "yes" mainly because all Cooper used to hear was "No"!!!
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    Try blowing a whistle every time he jumps up, if he doesn't like the sound of the whistle he will stop.
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    Whistle huh... might have to try that one for sure. Riley is a smart and loveble dog, yes he is spoiled rotton by my husband. So i guess part of my problem is training my husband as well as Riley
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    My baby went to doggy school. Smart puppies and love to learn - and chase sparkles! The command to go and lie down in her place (where ever it's designated) is great. Keeps her from jumping up on people when they first come in and gives her time to calm down.

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    Stand next to the dog and turn your back. tilt your head chin up and ignore him till he calms down. Then praise him. Keep doing this. He sounds darling!
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    Whistle works well on husbands too, so even if it doesn't work on the dog you will have hubby's undivided attention then he can discipline the dog, otherwise you will refuse to stop blowing the whistle, problem solved, oh I forgot to mention, buy yourself ear plugs so YOU don't hear the whistle. Please let me know how it goes.
    Last edited by Carol Wilson; 03-15-2013 at 04:47 PM.
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    i like a dog training show on tv. i forget the name but he had this problem on the other day. he said not to give them attention cause that is what the jumping on you is getting them. that is what they want. instead when they jump up hold their front paws and look away from them so they are not recieving the attention.you don't need to start out holding for long just be consistent each time they jump. when they sit then give them a reward. that would be rewarding them for their good behavior. he used small treats that the dog liked. when they had a follow up it seemed to of worked. but everyone in the family needs to do this and be on the same page. good luck.

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    I have a Cavalier who is now 18 and doddering. I wish he could jump but even when he was young, he was very grave and serious. As a long-time dog owner (I currently have 5) I have learned to add a hand signal with a the command. For instance, I always use my index finger almost like a scolding librarian, without the scold when I say Sit!
    Keep your energy very level and calm. Your Cav will learn quickly. You might also look into clicker training.
    Our Basset is verrry stubborn and will do what he wants to do unless I click that clicker and BOY! he comes running...there's a treat there! I really do like clicker training. The main thing is consistency...without that, you're lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    Stand next to the dog and turn your back. tilt your head chin up and ignore him till he calms down. Then praise him. Keep doing this. He sounds darling!
    I second this! I cross my arms, turn my back and look at the ceiling (no talking). As soon as the jumping stops I turn back around. Repeat as often as needed....they "get it" sooner than you would think.

    The other thing, that helps, is if you wait 5-10 minutes before you greet him.

    There are so-o many positive training books, for dogs, out there now and the positive training really does work.

    Here is an article on positive teaching for jumping. This site also has lots of other great advice for training your dog. http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/jumpup.html
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    Make sure that whatever you do to retrain him to not jump, that EVERYONE does the same thing. If Momma isn't around does "Daddy" let him jump? If so crating might need to be an option when you are not home.
    I Have trained many dogs and depending on the dog, eye contact may be more of a challenge than anything. It can work against you if you are not an alpha. Just depends on the dog. The crossing arms and ignoring them does work, almost instantly. It will also need to be taught to folks coming to visit. Yes we have to learn too.
    Good luck and don't forget that they will always need refreshers, no matter what command it is...
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