Our dog, part Cavalier and part Basset, was a born jumper - she's always been able to jump over gates and barriers, up onto the couch, onto chairs, onto our fairly high bed. After 11 years of jumping, she had a bad landing, hurt herself, and needs to rest. How can we stop her from jumping when we're not in the room?
On Friday, she landed badly after jumping off of our bed, and is walking awkwardly with her hind legs. We took her to the vet, had her x-rayed, but there was no specific problem - this is likely a joint issue or back pain. She was given pain medication, some supplements for joint recovery, and she's supposed to rest for a week.
Now, she's a good dog - she doesn't jump up on people, and she "asks" before jumping up on something we're already sitting or laying on. She doesn't jump on inappropriate things like tables or tabletops. However, if we leave the room she's in, she will almost invariably eventually get up and jump on and off things she considers more comfortable or interesting than her floor bed. Remarkably, even with the injury and with her awkward walking, she is still is able to make most of these jumps, doesn't yelp or express pain during the attempts, and it has been a frustration hearing "flump!" just seconds after we leave a room.
says to crate, but she is a rescue dog, and has always been very upset by crates or enclosed spaces (we tried getting her a crate early on, and she always seemed scared by it and deeply miserable while in it, even with treats).
We also got her doggy steps, but she disregards them. There are objects she jumps on - couches, chairs, beds - in every room of our home, so simply removing temptation would be pretty hard. She historically could easily jump baby gates, and I strongly suspect she can still do so given the height of our bed. Our fenced back yard has tiers, and she is used to jumping between the tiers, so that's not an option either. Not to mention, we want to make sure she relies less on jumping since she's going to have increasing trouble with it due to her getting older.
There are endless articles on the internet about how to train your dog how not to jump up on people - but that's not the issue, and she's fine not jumping if we're there with her. I understand that crating will technically resolve the issue, but that's a road we only want to go down after all other avenues are exhausted given our prior experience. How on earth can we persuade her not to jump when we're not around?