Having a dog that jumps too much, especially when greeting someone, is a very common behavior that can be stopped by training. Here are a few tips to help your dog curb this particular behavior:
- Ignore the jumping - sounds simple but only give your pet praise and attention when he has all paws on the floor. Any time he jumps, freeze and fold your arms on your chest and wait until the jumping stops. Tell your friends and visitors to do the same. If a visitor won't abide by this rule, then make sure that your pet is kept on a leash for the entire time of the visit. If he starts jumping, gently remove him from the room
- Give your pet an object to carry like a favorite toy or chew treat. He/She will usually be so occupied with the object that she will forget to jump when a guest arrives
- If your dog is a retriever, here's a trick you can try when guests arrive. Start playing fetch with a soft toy at the same time guests are arriving. Throw the toy into a nice open area like the hallway. Another thing you can try is to throw some loose treats all over the floor and your pet will be sure to have her nose to the ground and away from the guest
- What if you're the visitor that is being jumped on? Try this: lower your face to the level of the dog. When you're saying hi, kneel down and lean toward the dog from the waist. Or try sitting down and placing your hand for petting low to the ground. The dog's attention should be directed to your hand and not to your face
Finally, make sure your dog gets lots of exercise - at least two brisk walks a day can get help your dog release energy. However, if the problem still persists, it may be time to hire a dog trainer. Contact the team at Auburn Leach K9 Solutions today to help your dog break their jumping habit.