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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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My Dobie Jumps Too Much, Why?

Everytime he goes outside he jumps the fence! Our fence is 4 foot high.

I will leave him in the yard and go to wash my car or take out garbage or just check the mail and there he is hopping over the fence!

He also jumps inside the house and jumps up at me. Why do dobies have to jump, I have never seen any other dog do it.

I have always wondered what it is that makes them want to jump so much.

Here is my intro thread which has pictures of My dobie Danté.

Hello, I have a Dobie Name Danté. Few Pics Inside.
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Hi Corey, welcome to the forum.

I would say its not a dobie's a training thing. Mine learnt as a puppy it's not ok to jump up at people or work surfaces and it's not ok to jump a fence.

The way I taught no jumping up was when he put his paws up on either me or he stair gate I would say 'Ah-ah' sharply and put his paws back on the ground. Sometimes I would turn around and ignore him for 30 seconds or so when he jumped up at me. It didn't last long!

No jumping up at the counter when there was food on it wasn't solved by telling him no (chicken was too temping!) so I used a can of compressed air and watched him from another room and sprayed it to make a loud noise when he jumped up. Didn't ever do it again after doing it a couple of times

With the fence, my opinion is that no dog should be left unsupervised in a garden with a 4ft fence. Even if you trained him he wasn't allowed to jump over the fence, he could easily be stolen, or another aggressive dog or wild animal could get in and hurt him. Even if he saw some prey like squirrels or cats, I just think the urge would be too great to trust him.

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4 ft fence is way too low for an unsupervised adult doberman, in my opinion. We have a 5 ft fence, and Riley can easily reach the top to jump over it - and he's still a baby! I wanted a 7 ft fence, but the land owners wouldn't allow it. Because of that, Riley's only allowed outside when someone is around to keep an eye on him. Otherwise he's inside or kenneled.

Riley is a jumper, because he is very reactive, and ever since he was little, there has been a pretty crazy bird feeder just outside one corner of the fence. He went nuts over it, and no matter how much I tried to train him to leave the birds alone, he couldn't focus once he was near that part of the fence. He'd shriek and whine and jump like his relative was dieing on the other side.

Luckily, I've FINALLY convinced the owners of that thing to move it somewhere else, so he no longer has a reason to jump at the fence anymore, except for the occasional squirrel in the woods... but it's not nearly as bad.


For jumping on people, just a lot of turning, ignoring him, never letting him have the attention or whatever he seeks to gain by doing so. If you have to, keep a leash on him indoors and step on it when he starts getting jumpy. It'll take time, but eventually he'll realize that jumping is NOT how to get what you want - and if you praise him for sitting and being calm around you, that'll happen much quicker!


For counter surfing, never leave stuff out for him to get while he is unattended. The more he jumps on the counter, and discovers there is nothing he wants up there, the less and less he will do it. If there IS something up there, you simply HAVE to be in the area at all times to prevent him from getting anything. It's hard to stop a counter surfer because their "reward" for doing it, is also the REASON they are doing it. If you command them not to, or give them a treat for not doing it, I guarantee whatever he wants on the counter is of higher value, and therefor he'll still be rewarded for disobeying you.

You can try a "Scat Mat" in specific areas he likes to counter surf (when no reward is available for him on the counter, mind you). Could help. And I've heard the method Amelia metioned work before, but for some cases (it depends how long your dog has been doing this, really) it's just a constant watchful eye and keeping your space clear of "special treats" while unattended.

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riko dosent jump over things really
he just likes to jump on people
hes still learning but he dosent seem to get it.

what we seen a trainer do is let him jump on you grab his paws and squeeze js enough for him to pull back and then say you command like "off" keep repeating till he stops doing it
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My lab used to jump on people whenever they came into the house too and we nipped that behavior in the bud really fast. It's cute when a puppy does it but an 80 pound doberman OR lab coming at you can be a little frightening. Whenever he would jump up on anyone in the family we'd turn away or push him back onto his feet, gently of course, and give a firm "NO" and then pretty much ignored him until he calmed down. And whenever we knew someone was coming over we'd ask them to turn away or ignore him until he calmed down also. Because he was so people oriented it didn't take long for him to realize a calm greeting was the best way to get the attention he wanted.
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My question is, if every time you leave him there he jumps the fence, why do you continue to leave him there?
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Even though Toorc is a puppy, I taught him not to jump for attention (or any reason unless I say so) because it's not something I want instilled in him as an 80lb adult. It's bad enough this breed has a terrible reputation as it is and I don't want my puppy to be feared when he is older, so he is trained and trained to be a good model dobecitizen.

I agree with Melonnew's techniques. I also pinch in between Toorc's feet when he jumps. sometimes he still get's overly excited and I can tell he wants to jump, but he remembers the pinchies between his feet and controls himself
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