Off is the
correct command when a dog is jumping up on you or the couch. If your dog
has jumped up on the couch, literally push him off while saying off.
If he is small enough, you can just pick him up and put him on the floor.
As soon as he is off the couch, say good boy!. If you have allowed
him to get away with this in the past, it may take many tries before he learns
it. And, once he learns that he can't jump onto the couch without being told
to get off, he might stay on the floor and put his front legs on the couch.
It's up to you if this will be acceptable or if you want him to keep his paws
off the couch also. If so, take both his paws in your hands, push them gently
toward the floor while saying off, and say good boy! as soon
as his feet are off the couch.
likes to jump up on your dress with muddy paws just before you leave for the
office. But, he is only trying to give you a hug or get some attention, but
he has to learn that this is not acceptable. As he is jumping up, turn your
body away from him while saying off! He should then simply sit down,
at which time you immediately pet him on the head and tell him he is a good
boy! He wants your attention, not your back! Even if he has already jumped
on you, turn away.
you already know that he will jump up on you, you can try to beat him to the
punch. As he starts to jump up, put your hand out quickly and pet him on the
head and start to bend over. This action would encourage him to stay off or
to sit. This is an acceptable position for him to be in when he first sees
you in the morning or when you get home at night. If he is sitting patiently
waiting for you to pet him each time, go greet him quickly with by petting
his head (while saying good boy! or hello!) or bending down
to take his paw and saying good boy! or shake. He won't see
the need to jump on you to receive a greeting if you greet him first.
A third method
is to stick your knee out and say down! if you see him starting to
jump up. Jumping up into your knee is not comfortable. If he is really large,
you might have to push him off you. When he is off you, say good boy!.
either of these actions until he actually stays off, then give him extra praise
and some petting and saying good boy!. This may start him jumping up
again because he may get excited, so you continue the same method until he
really gets the idea. Eventually, you will be able to tell him to get off
anything or anybody from any distance.
all of this, it is best to always have your dog sit before you greet him or
give him a treat or anything else. This way he will soon learn that he won't
get any of these things unless he does sit nicely and calmly.