Jess Kelley-Madera is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for each dog she works with, and is well on her way to earning the Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT1) credential. She is committed to providing the highest quality of care for each pup she encounters, using LIMA force-free methods. Jess is committed to providing the highest quality of care for each pup she encounters. She is passionate about ensuring that every dog she works with is able to live a healthy and happy life.
A good way to prevent your dog from jumping up when they are excited is to have a treat station near the entrance door, and scatter food on the floor when you come in. This will give your dog something else to focus on that is positive and reinforce them for staying down, then you can reward them with more treats as they calmly greet you. Transcript: "How do we get our dogs to not jump up on us when they're super excited? There are many different possible ways to do this but one that I really like is to have a treat station near your front door so that in that predictable moment when you know the dog is gonna be super excited you have food available right there. As you come in grab some food and scatter it on the floor. That'll give you a moment of your dog's head being down rather than them jumping up. They're eating food which is great. It's positively reinforcing them for staying down and then you can get more food to reinforce as they have as they say hello to you and they have all four feet on the floor. That's one way to begin to change the habit of when you come inside they're jumping up on you to when you come inside their head is going down toward the floor because they're expecting food and then engaging with you in a more calm way. Hope this helps!"
If you notice your dog no longer giving eye contact, laying down, walking away, or not responding to requests, this is a sign that they have reached their "tap out" point and it's time to end the session. Make sure to end on a positive note so your dog associates training with fun! Transcript: "How can you tell if you are asking your dog to do too much in a training session? There are multiple different ways to answer this question, but I'm gonna address it as, how do you know when the session has been too long? So, often we see signs of tap out that are the dog laying down, the dog walking away from training, otherwise disengaging, maybe they won't give you their attention anymore, or even eye contact, if that's something that they normally offer. Those are signs that the dog is just kind of done. If you ask them to do something and they just kind of hang out and don't do it, they may be just tired at that point. So, it's nice to try to end sessions before tap out happens, at least, you know, most of the time, because we want training to feel fun and not super, super hard. So, if we can end on a fun and exciting note that gives the dog the impression, wow, that was so great, I would super love to do that again. If they go until tap out, that's okay too, it totally happens. So, hope this helps."
Hi, my name is Jess Kelly Madeira and I'm a certified professional dog trainer. I specialize in helping scared dogs feel better and live better lives. You can find free content on my Instagram page - Good Dogs Unleashed. Transcript: "Hi, I'm happy to introduce myself. My name is Jess Kelly Madera. I'm a certified professional dog trainer and I specialize in helping fearful dogs feel better and live better lives. I also create content for my Instagram which is at Good Dogs Unleashed so you can find free informational content there. I'm looking forward to answering your questions."