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Puppy Jumping and Nipping


I have an 11 month old Kelpie and he has never been trained. Is there a way i can team him to not jump or nip?



Hi Rebecca,

Thank you for your inquiry at Cincinnati Dog Pages!

First thing, I would have him wear a leash in the house (supervised) so you can easily redirect his behavior when he goes to jump on you or someone else and then my favorite command for this is to teach them to “place” on a mat or dog bed until they are calmer. Once they have calmed down they usually are more capable of choosing the more appropriate behavior on their own.

There has to be consistency here because if someone rewards him for jumping by petting him when he jumps up, this will just keep the bad behavior going.

Thank you for contacting Unleashed Canine Obedience through Cincinnati Dog Pages!

If you have any other questions or would like some help with training, please feel free to contact me any time!

For more information, please feel free to contact:

Virginia L. Simpson, CDT
Unleashed Canine Obedience, LLC
4955 Creek Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242