Jumpy/Mouthy

Shelter Dogs

behavior modification plans 

TRAINING FOR JUMPY/MOUTHY DOGS IN SHELTERS

In many cases management of jumpy/mouthy behavior is enough to allow safe movement and handling of shelter dogs. For example, many dogs who exhibit jumpy/mouthy behavior in a shelter setting do not in a foster home.  However, training decreases the need for constant management & can make the dog more attractive to adopters.

Behavior modification plans for jumpy/mouthy dogs involve:


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. 

LOOSE LEASH WALKING

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

TROUBLESHOOTING

RELATED HELPFUL PLANS

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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2

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.

 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

 
 

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