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  • No jumping on people please.

    15 November at 17:29 from atlas

    They're excited, they're happy to see new people and 
    they've got a huge vertical leap. Dogs are made to jump, 
    and when they want to do it, it can seem next to 
    impossible to stop them from getting up in the faces of 
    your friends and family. 

    Luckily, in terms of unwanted behaviors from our dogs, 
    jumping up on people is one of the easiest to resolve. 
    Here are some much-needed tips to help take control of 
    your dog's natural inclination to jump up. 

    * Why She's Jumping 

    First, know your dog is jumping up for a reason. She 
    doesn't just want to get closer to your face; she wants to 
    assert dominance over new people in her home. She's trying 
    to say that she knows she's the alpha leader of her pack 
    and that she has the control needed to do as she pleases. 

    Of course, not every dog jumps on people to show them 
    who's in charge. Some dogs just do it to be closer to them 
    and to greet them. 

    Dogs will smell each other's faces to greet one another, 
    so naturally they try to climb the ladder to reach our 
    faces. 

    Finally, they continue jumping because in the past, people 
    have rewarded them for it. If your dog jumps up and you 
    pet her, you're telling her that the jumping behavior is a 
    good thing and that you'll pet her whenever she does it. 
    Not a good way to control her. 

    * Stopping the Jumping 

    Let's move on to how you can stop the jumping behavior. To 
    start with, you need to stop making a big deal out of 
    returning home. 

    If your dog is allowed to get excited and bounce around 
    whenever someone comes in the house, she will continue 
    doing so for strangers, even children or the elderly. 

    You should wait at least 10-15 minutes after you return 
    home before greeting your dog. This will disassociate the 
    return home from the excitement behavior that she 
    displays. 

    Second, you should get down on your dog's level to greet 
    her. If your dog is simply trying to reach your face to 
    greet you, get down to her face and let her sniff you on 
    her own terms. By removing the need for jumping, you can 
    teach her that greeting only occurs on this level. 

    Teaching your dog to respond to specific commands can also 
    be very useful. You'll want to teach her to sit and stay 
    first and then learn the "Off" command, which will teach 
    her to get off of you immediately. 

    * The Off Command 

    To teach your dog the off command, start by saying, "Off!" 
    immediately whenever your dog gets on you. It may take 
    time for her to understand what you're telling her to do, 
    which can be very frustrating. But, if you immediately 
    reward her for getting off of you with praise and a treat, 
    she will learn. 

    It is important to be very consistent with the new command 
    as well. Communicate to everyone in your home that your 
    dog must follow these new commands and that failing to do 
    so is not acceptable. This way, your dog will learn much 
    more quickly what "off" means. 

    The last thing you want is your dog jumping on people and 
    possibly hurting them when they visit your home. This can 
    be especially dangerous for children and old people who 
    can get hurt more easily if they fall. To avoid this, 
    teach your dog early and often that jumping is not acceptable.  

 

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