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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With the holidays coming up, Carol Erickson of the Pennsylvania SPCA has advice on how to get your dog to stop jumping on guests in this week’s CBS3 Pet Project.

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Erickson states that it may take some time to reverse the habit, but consistency is the most important thing.

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“If a dog is allowed to jump sometimes and not others, it’s an intermittent reinforcement and that’s a very hard reward to break,” Erickson says. “Because that feel-good brain chemical dopamine, is doubled when the reward is sometimes offered.”

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Erickson offers the following tips to train your dog:

  • Say “off” one time only
  • Turn into a statue — freeze, avert your eyes, no shouting, no pushing
  • Remain still until the dog stops jumping
  • Then immediately praise the dog and give it a treat
  • Be consistent — it could take a month to break the habit