Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make my Newfoundland male and female stay down. I have tired to push them down and say a stern No! I have tried turning my back on them and they just jump on my back. I am 5'4" tall they are huge and are almost knocking me over. I have heard of a knee to the chest and stepping on their back paws. Those don't sound right to me. Could someone please help me. They also do it to my husband 6'2".
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Knee to the chest does work, it doesnt hurt it puts them off balance, at least thats the idea.
There are harnesses that you can get that have loops that go around their back legs, thats another route, although training is better IMO.
You dont say if they are jumping up when you get home, or when they are excited, or all the time. If it is when they are excited they need to learn that you will not give them attention until they are calm. Ignore them until they stop and sit, then say hi to them. Same goes for when you come home, ignore them until they are calm.
The Knee in the chest works great. It is one of the best training methods I have used. You are not actually using force, you put your knee up and they jump into. Both you and your husband have to do it together, or nothing will work. He can not allow them to jump while you don't.
The biggest mistake people make is useing a punishment, the dog needs to understand the connection to get a result. The knee really is just casueing the dog to fear you doing it, and doesn't always cure the problem, just makes the dog afraid of you. Or in some cases the punishment becomes attention for the dog, which is better then nothing, especially for the really outgoing dogs. If the dog jumps up on you, ignore the dog,no eye contact, don't touch the dog, don't yell "no!" to the dog. Wait till the dog sits in front of you, and then reward with a "Good Dog!" Practice with freinds. good behavior is only acheived if the dog is rewarded for good behavior, and the bad behavior ignored. So in all, ignore the dogs MORE over all, and only focus on the good behaviors and reward with your attention. This way when you do give attetnion, it is remembered. Susanne ps.I hope this helps
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Sue, I am sorry to say that the positive reinforcement that you are talking about doesn't work on alot of working breeds. My best friend is a trainer, and she has seen alot of dogs so confused, they are not good dogs. Granted the knee can be a bit forcefull, but I have never had a dog upset about it, and it has worked everytime.
Ideal training would have someone on the end of leash not allowing the whole thing to happen. Most of us don't have that other person though.