I know that many of you have been wondering how to stop your puppy jumping up. You’ve probably heard about the “sit, stay or come” command. But if you don’t know what it means, it may seem like a confusing command to teach your puppy.
First, let me explain why you should use this command and what the difference is between it and the “sit, stay or come” command.
The first thing that we need to understand is that a puppy doesn’t really understand the concept of sit and stay, so it doesn’t really need to be taught. He learns best when he just tries to get some attention from his owner by jumping up and shouting in your face with his cute little face on the other side of the fence. This is what we call “exploring.” When he gets a bit bolder and more confident, he can then start something more complex like walking towards us with his head held high (the “come” command).
The second thing is that one important rule of thumb is: do not punish bad behavior by punishing good behavior! If you do this you will end up with a dog who does not do anything but wait for you to give him whatever he wants until some time later, when he has calmed down from being frustrated long enough to become willing to try something else again (say, tugging at your pant leg). The goal should always be to keep the focus on positive behavior over any bad behavior!
So how do we teach these concepts? We can tell people using words or pictures but they are not very useful because they only work if someone understands what they mean. For example: “Sit down! Stay in line! Come here! Good girl! You are such a good girl today!! What did I tell you about jumping up at me??!! Bad girl, jumping up at me!! You have such a bad attitude today!! You are going nowhere!! Stay in line! Come here! Good girl! You are such a good girl today!! What did I tell you about running away?! Bad girl!? You have such a bad attitude today!? You are going nowhere?? How could I ever forget you?? How could I ever forget your name? Do not run away from me again!! Good Girl!!!”
But puppies don’t understand words like “good” and “bad.” Instead they enjoy getting attention by jumping on people
Puppy adoption is one of those things that never seems to go away. The topic is not going away because it’s a really good marketing idea (it’s the exact opposite). It is not going away because it’s taboo, or because people think it’s too expensive, but rather because there are so many different ways you can do it and most of them are great.
A little over a year ago I published a post called “How to Stop Puppy Jumping Up.” I outlined some techniques that I had found worked for me, but since then I have found many more techniques that worked for me personally and for my clients. My goal with this post has been to continue adding to the list of best practices, and hopefully be able to help you toward your own success.
I hope this post will save you time and energy in your puppy adoption efforts by not only outlining some things you need to know about puppy jumping up, but also by providing you with a few things you can do yourself next time someone asks you how they can stop puppy jumping up.
Proper Training Techniques
I love hearing from people who are having problems with their dogs. It is such a small but real issue that I feel that it is worth addressing. There are so many dog training principles out there that the best thing to do is to read them all, and then follow the advice of experts.
However, if you’ve had a dog for a long time — maybe even decades — it comes as no surprise to me when you start to see your dog doing something weird or different when he/she shouldn’t be doing it. For instance, your dog might suddenly jump up on the couch instead of lying down and not jumping up on visitors. Or they might run around barking or have an episode of “what the heck are you doing?”
It seems like they have just discovered something new in their behavior, and given how weird and novel it is, you want to figure out what is making them do this so they don’t do it again now (with other people) or in future (when you aren’t around). In some cases (such as jumping on guests), these behaviors seem perfectly normal; other times (such as running around barking), they seem very strange and almost unnatural.
So what can we do? The first step is simply to get more clear about why your dog does what he does. In other words: what does he want?
Such questions are often hard for us humans because we tend to be creatures of habit and by nature we seek patterns in our behavior; we imagine patterns which make sense. However, if you really try this experiment with your dog…
…you will likely find that you can no longer tell whether he wants the same thing each time or whether something completely different has produced his behavior this time around. This can be extremely frustrating because much like us humans, your dog also has preferences: some things which he likes better than others; some things which work better than others; some things which are more important to him/her than others…
The fact that dogs don’t make choices for themselves isn’t necessarily rare in the animal kingdom – there are a lot of interesting behaviors observed in birds and primates – but again, this doesn’t mean that dogs don’t have preferences: if there were no preferences at all, then every combination of actions would produce identical results every single time. In fact by definition there should be no preferences! And yet over generations our
Consistency is Key
I recently had an interesting discussion with a friend about the nature of consistency.
The topic came up because I had been trying to figure out how to stop puppy jumping up. My puppy is extremely active, and just like most puppies, he’ll jump up onto the furniture and bark.
He’s always been a bit of a nuisance, but it was getting worse lately, and I couldn’t stand being around him any more. So I started looking for solutions to my problem (which was not so much his as it was mine), but found that there were none that worked for all cases.
I finally decided that what worked for me didn’t work for everyone else and set about trying different approaches. The 2nd solution worked better than the first, but was still not perfect for everyone.
One day, I decided to stop buying treats from the pet store because I thought I could make them myself at home (and thus order treats from Amazon) — then realized that made no sense at all and wouldn’t really fix my problem at all.
Finally, after several experiments with different solutions, I got it: consistency is key!
Consistency is just as important as any other feature in your product; you need it to be what people end up using over time (so if you are developing an app which can be used by many different people using many different types of devices then you need consistency). The best way to achieve consistency (in my opinion) is through something called “pluralism”: each person who uses your product should have their own experience in mind when they use it (even if they don’t explicitly know that). If every user has her own experience in mind then there will be no two-way dependencies where one side of the relationship could suddenly change sides or where one side stops being relevant after a while — everything will be consistent across users at all times. It sounds simple but isn’t easy; human nature is hard enough to get right even when we think we are doing well! And yet this is exactly what Google does so well with its design system — one which keeps its users happy by making them feel like their experience doesn’t change over time:
It is a common thing for the product manager to say, “We are going to focus on the value proposition, and then get the price right.” In fact, many start-ups do exactly that. But once you have a product in front of customers (as opposed to QA or partner), you need to look at what does and does not work.
If you have some sort of marketing plan in place that emphasizes how your product solves a certain challenge or problem, you should test it with actual customers. The process is called market validation. It is not enough to just ask your sales team or PR person if your product solves something — they need to test it out with real users. That way, when you get into production with your first customers and see how well it works, you can make adjustments as needed — as long as you also test it in parallel with real users before hand.
It isn’t sufficient just to say “we want to solve XYZ” when there is no way of doing so practically (i.e., we can only do so much testing on our own). But it is necessary! And we will be exploring this topic more in the future. Stay tuned!
Puppy Proofing Your Home
“Puppy proofing” is the term for protecting your home from a dog. It is a bit more than just leaving the door unlocked – it means using security measures to prevent a dog from going into your house.
Dogs are great (and in many cases the best friends you never knew you had). They are usually very social and affectionate, so they can be an amazing companion and friend. But they also have their downsides: you can get hurt if you don’t know where they are when they’re off their leash; they’re great at eating things but are terrible at chewing up shoes, so if you plan on keeping them in the house, make sure there’s no food around that might lead to disaster; and sometimes they just don’t like the color of your wallpaper or furniture.
So what do you do with a dog who doesn’t like orange? Well, first of all, you don’t put him in a closet or hide him behind furniture and leave him there. Secondly, he probably won’t take kindly to being left out of his own home. He will soon learn that his place is only as good as how he makes his home feel (which is why he will be unhappy if someone leaves him outside in your car for more than five minutes). Finally, the best way to keep your pup happy is by letting him hang out with your family members (which I did for about six months after getting my first dog) – and then making sure that all children know not to play with them or try to pet them except on leash.
I hope this helps anyone who has ever wanted a puppy but worried they’d be too shy or too nervous to go near one at first! ————— Blog post title: How To Stop Puppy Jumping Up
Text: A couple of years ago I blogged about Puppy Proofing Your Home , which boils down to making sure everyone knows not to play with puppies under any circumstances — especially not when somebody else’s kids are around! ————— Blog post title: How To Stop Puppy Jumping Up – Part 2
Text: After talking about how easy it can be to make mistakes while designing software products, I wanted to show another case study… this time one where we actually took steps in order to hire someone instead of hiring someone because we liked how he “looks”. ————— Blog post title: How To Stop Puppy Jumping Up – Part 3
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I just wanted to add that there is a finite amount of time you have to get your product right. Even if you don’t think you have that much time, I would recommend you stop worrying and start working.
I also wanted to say that I am not trying to tell you what to do or when to do it. I am merely trying to give you my advice based on my experience and observations of (1) the things I think are important and (2) the things that made me successful.
At the same time, I know how difficult it is for many people to decide what is important and what isn’t. So, if there are any questions or comments about this post, please feel free to email me at: [email protected] . Just as an example: Some people may have a strong desire for a new startup but they don’t know where or when they should start. In this situation, a good place to start is by reviewing the list of best practices in this post (and perhaps supplementing it with other good practices). It may take some time before such a product comes out, so this helps prepare your team by sharpening their focus on problem-solving rather than product development.