HI,

My newly adopted 8 mo aussie shep will not stop jumping obn everything. I have run out of ideas.......??
Hi heidi! Weclome to mysmelly!
If I had such an active puppy, I'd first of all try to train him, and secondly I'd try to give him as much active playing as necessary so that he can burn up his energy. Training and playing could be combined, me thinks.
Glad you got a new pup by the way!!
Is he jumping on people or objects? The best way to train a dog to not jump on people is to completely ignore the behavior. Every time he jumps up, turn your back on him. Do not speak to him, look at him, or touch him. If he continues, put your knee out as he is jumping up to block him. Only when he is sitting and looking at you, or standing calmly should you acknowledge him. When you have people visit the house you should tell them the same thing. Completely ignore him. This may be hard to do, but it WILL work if done right.

If he is jumping on objects, the best way to train him out of that is to use the same principles. When he jumps up on something that you don't want him to (or you catch him on something) offer a firm NO and move him off of the object. When he is on the floor playing or watching you, praise, praise, praise! Eventually he will realize that he is being scolded when he is on objects and praised when he is on the floor. Dogs are very simple creatures; they want to make us happy. By following that plan you will actually make your dog happier.

You also need to make sure that you don't send gray signals to your dog. For instance, if your dog is not allowed on the couch when you are not home, you cannot allow him on the couch when you are home. Dogs cannot distinguish "okay time" from "wrong time". If you let them up on the couch and then scold them for being on the couch later, you will only confuse them.

It would be a great idea to enroll your puppy in an obedience class while he is still young. This will teach you how to be a better leader for your dog and will teach your dog better manners. Also, socialize your puppy and make sure he is getting enough exercise. Aussies are very hyper dogs, they need to burn that energy off.

Good luck!