Apollo and his jumping

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Apollo is about 4 months old and we have had hin since mid January. He is a great dog; he potty trained in a matter of days and knows not to nip, bite or growl (so far, we have not really had any reasons for him to growl). He walks well on a leash but I do have to use a prong collar to make sure he does not pull. He sits, lays, stays and even rolls over. The biggest issue I have with Apollo is his jumping. He does not jump on me or my family but whenever we go to the pet store or the hardware store (they allow dogs their so I take him just to socialize a little), he jumps on strangers and wants to play. I know this is because he is a puppy but I am not sure how to correct the jumping on to strangers. Any advice would be great.

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personally I would not be using a prong on a puppy so young.  Give him a pop with it and tell him no....until he sits or calms down he doesn't get to say hi to people.   If you know he does this you can also prepare with a regular collar by just putting the leash under your foot so he can't jump up.  if you know what he usually does, try to prepare and react before he does it so he can't.

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Welcome to the group.  Your Apollo is close in age to my DJ...she will be 4 months old on March 12.  To curb his jumping, I'd suggest practicing with him over and over again.  You say he knows "sit"---then tell him to sit before people are allowed to pet him.  Make him sit and if he starts to get up or jump, immediately put him right back in position.  It's cute when a puppy jumps up on your legs when they are 25 - 30 pounds, but wait until he's 85 - 90 pounds---the cuteness fails to come across to people.  LOL

I've taught DJ to sit for petting from the very beginning.  She does not jump on people, even when little kids come over to her and are patting their legs or chest wanting her to jump up---and of course, I give her treats and LOTS of praise when she remains seated, even during those times.  Apollo is still young enough to learn this quickly---but you need to be consistant with his training in this area, and never allow him to jump on people.  I find that people in stores like you say you take him to are more than willing to play along with his training skills if you explain the situation and that you are just trying to teach him manners.

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Thanks for the advice Ziva and Lori, I never thought to speak to people approaching him and letting them know he is still training. Do you think a dog park is still too much for him considering his age and the amount of energy he has to new people and new dogs?

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MY opinion of dog parks:  Not a place for young dogs or puppies.  I do take my Ziva to a dog park occasionally, but only after I observe from the parking lot to see what kinds of dog and owner personality things are going on there.  If there is a dog that tends to chase and bully other dogs at the park, we dont go in.  if there are dog owners that are too busy chatting with each other or texting to watch their own dog, we dont go in.  We've had good luck so far, basically because Z has a great personality and doesnt want to fight or chase other dogs, but if a dog comes up to her, she gives it the look and lets it know that she will NOT be bullied.  Ziva would much rather just roam around the dog park exploring the creek and finding sticks to chew than to join in 'dog chasing games'---she's sort of a loner in those situations, which is fine by me---keeps her out of trouble.  I would NOT take my DJ to a dog park, though, no matter what....she's just too young and vulnerable still. Too many big dogs will see a pup or young dog as the 'weaker one' in the pack, if you will, and will tend to pick on it, or run over it like a frieght train and could do some physical AND emotional injuries.  Not worth the risk to me.

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Is there a training group where they have puppy socials?  We did this with Harley and it was a great experience.  There were professional dog trainers to monitor their behavior and if things got out of hand, which they sometimes do, they stepped in to take of it.  They used time outs to correct any naughty puppy behavior.  They verified vaccines and were  really on top of it.  This was a  must for Harley since we got him so young he needed to learn how to play with other dogs and not bite so hard.

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There are, I have read about them and they have a "Puppy Drop In" program that is very inexpensive and allows for puppies and owners to get to know each other. I allows the puppies to socialize with other dogs and people as well. I have been thinking about taking Apollo but opted for private obedience classes instead.

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Zoe likes to jump, too, and I'm trying to curb her of that habit.  She is a very happy girl and gets excited easily. When I know she's about to jump, I put my leg up and turn my body some and tell her "No jump!". It seems to be helping, but she is still in the learning phase and still young (just turned 4 months Feb. 21st).