Step One to stopping unwanted behavior: Decide what you want your dog to do instead?
Can redirection be an affective method to stop the unwanted behavior?
Before starting to stop any unwanted behavior you should decide what do you want your dog to do instead. I am constantly hearing “I don’t want my dog to jump” or “I don’t want my dog bark” and when I ask what they would like, no one really has an answer. Many behaviors are not bad; they are just not wanted. Jumping is just your dog trying to get closer to you and barking is your dog talking to you. They are not being bad; we just don’t want them to do those sometimes. Your dog needs to do something though. He can’t just do nothing! Like a kid who is excited to open presents, we tell him to sit quietly and wait. Same with dogs. We need to give them an incompatible behavior. Like these:
Anything you can think for your dog to do instead of the behavior is good. You might have to practice this new behavior with them. You can’t just expect your dog to sit and wait when people come to visit if he has been allowed to jump on people for years now.