Jumpy/Mouthy

Foster Dogs

behavior modification plans 

TRAINING FOR JUMPY/MOUTHY DOGS IN FOSTER

In many cases, jumpy/mouthy behavior exhibited in a shelter will not be present once the dog is moved to a foster home, due to the reduced environmental stress and increased attention and enrichment.. 

 

If jumpy/mouthy behavior is present in a foster home, start with management. Management alone may be sufficient.  

If management isn’t enough, you will need to train alternative behaviors to take the place of jumpy mouthy behavior. Training decreases the need for constant management & can make the dog more attractive to adopters.  

Behavior modification plans for jumpy/mouthy dogs involve:

  • Training the dog to do something you like better;


Always follow a written training plan. The plan should have consistent rules for determining when to move ahead and when to make it easier for the dog. 

LEASH WALKING

For dogs who jump up, mouth, or grab the leash on walks, teach them Loose-Leash Walking instead.  ​

 

Teach the dog to walk nicely alongside the handler instead of jumping up, mouthing, or grabbing the leash.

TROUBLESHOOTING

RELATED HELPFUL PLANS

TRAINING PLANS ARE PROVIDED BELOW FOR:

Dogs who jump/mouth during harnessing

Dogs who bite the leash

Dogs who jump up to greet people

Dogs who lunge at moving people or objects

THE BASIC APPROACH IS:

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Begin by teaching a strong sit-stay in a low-distraction environment.

(Basic Sit-Stay Plan)

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Next, work through more difficult distractions to create a strong sit-stay. (See plans below.)

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Finally, work on sit-stay in problem scenarios such as leashing or greeting people.

 
 

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