Whether it’s a body slam from a bubbly big breed or the frenzied hind-leg ballet of a toy pooch, jumping up is a universal trait, and problem, in our canine companions, reports Animal Planet.
You may think it’s cute when a puppy jumps up to greet you, but when that puppy grows up to be 150 pounds of dog, or when his paws are muddy, you and your guests will not be so happy. Be consistent and start early to train your puppy not to jump up, shares IAMS.com.
Even though jumping up can be solicitous, friendly behavior, it is more often a dominance thing. If your young puppy jumps up, simply walk backwards. Say “off” and praise and reward the puppy when all four feet are on the ground. You can also have your dog sit whenever he is greeting newcomers. This way he has an alternative, positive behavior he can substitute for jumping. If your dog needs more control, put a leash on him until he learns to receive company politely.
Animal Planet suggests that to curb an overly physical greeting, act as relaxed and laid-back as you’d like your dog to be. For instance, when you come home, don’t run into the house calling excitedly for your pup. Instead, make his greeting part of a routine rather than a special event. Walk in the door, hang up your coat and keys, and greet the dog calmly away from the front door.
Yelling at your dog or kneeing him in the chest will only excite him more, so avoid any kind of verbal or physical reinforcement of his jumping, adds Animal Planet. Once your dog learns you don’t want him to jump on you, teach him to sit when you come home. If you reward the sit with a treat or praise, your dog will soon learn good things come to he who sits and waits.
In addition, check out the featured video for more tips on how to solve your dog’s jumping problem.