You will need:
Your beautiful dog!
Some yummy treats
A favorite toy
Collar and leash
A dog bed or mat
Wait in a doorway
On your mat
Lesson 4.1 Greet People Politely
Jumping on People
You have just walked in the front door holding the groceries. Well, you were holding those shopping bags until your dog jumped all over you! Now you are scrambling to pick everything up off the floor while your enthusiastic k9 friend bounces off you. Perhaps you cringe remembering Grandma's last visit which ended with her flat on her backside after her hairy Granbaby knocked her down?
A jumping dog can be a pest but patience and consistency can remedy this problem.
Why do dogs jump on us?
A dog jumps up because he wants your attention. When he jumps onto you, he lets you know he is there. Many people react by pushing him away or yelling at him. To your dog, he knows that at least he is being noticed. The trick is to harness that energy and enthusiasm in a constructive way, so you both get what you want. You want him to keep his paws on the ground, and he wants your praise.
The solution to your jumping dog problem!
When your dog jumps up, cross your arms and turn your back. You are refusing him attention. He might try to keep jumping, but you must ignore him. Do not shout or react. The instant that he stops jumping, give him what he wants, your praise by patting him. If he jumps, back to square one.
Consistency is the key
A tip for big dogs
Meet him at the door with a tasty treat
Hold the snack down low to keep him on the ground
When he stops jumping, teh reward is his and everyone's a winner
When Visitors arrive at your home
Out your dog on a leash before the visitors arrive. If he doesn't jump, he gets a treat and a pat from the visitor. If he jumps, he's evicted from the room. Dogs learn from repetition, so you must do this over and over until your dog understands the drill.