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Nick Jones (MA)

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How do I stop my puppy from jumping up at people?

Nick Jones (MA)

Nick Jones (MA)

Nick Jones has been a dog trainer and behaviourist since 1995 and runs Alpha Dog Behaviour LTD. Nick is a Master Dog Trainer from the Guild of Dog Trainers, a full member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA) and frequently does Q&A sessions on the Petplan Facebook page where he tackles all manner of behaviour related questions.

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  1. Scooby Scooby on 18 September 2019 at 15:22

    How do i stop puppy from play biting as he bites my arm when i go to bed and really hurts sometime I’ve tried turning my back on him but he still jump up on my back

    • on 4 October 2019 at 06:56

      Morning Lynn, Our dog Behaviourist Nick Jones MA has given us some advice for you:
      “Maybe you have a larger breed as jumping up on your back would suggest this? In any event, you may be over exciting your dog with the play games in the home? Ensure that games are not excessive in the home. Is your pup getting enough opportunities to let off steam in the garden or playing fields each day? This is often the cause of excessive play behaviour in the home.

      If your pup is still getting too rough towards you then as already mentioned, ensure that the emotional temperature is not getting too high (avoid games of chase, tug or rough play in the home). Meet any hard mouthed behaviour with a clear ‘No biting’ and then stand up and walk away. Another approach approach for determined and naughty puppies is to place them out of the room for a 60 second time out. Leave him there to settle for a while and then allow back in. Repeat as needed until he gets the idea that you insist on calm, polite play with you.”

      Good luck & I hope you get to the bottom of this. Charlotte

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