There’s no doubt that puppies jumping all over your legs as you walk into the room is a charming way to greet your furry companion. However… What do they do when they still engage in the same thing after becoming an adult? Your loved ones and relatives likely won’t think the jumping action is adorable if their clothes get ripped, or their white pants feature paw prints. Even more disturbing, you get tripped over by the loud greeter. This is a very possibility for your dog if they are an enormous or giant breed -for example, the Great Dane on their hind legs is taller than most people!
If you want to bring your dog’s jumps to a manageable level, here are some tricks to turn your out-of-control jumper into an obedient and calm greeter.
Why Do Dogs Jump on You?
Dogs engage in normal behavior during playtime and when they are meeting. Dogs love to meet each other face-to-face which is why they’re trying to achieve when they jump at you — aiming your nose, which is higher. Dogs also jump to draw your attention, regardless of whether it’s positive and you respond through playing or if you’re not happy and request them to come down. Whatever the case, they got you to stop doing what you were doing and gained your attention. Then there are dogs with an excessive amount of energy stored up that will jump at you and then jump off walls (literally) to try to let it out. Thus it is normal behavior for dogs; you only need to educate them on the right time and place to jump. Appropriate.
Stay with the No-Jumping Rule
Consistency. This will be a constant theme in the “Untrain Your Pet” series. It’s a crucial aspect that deserves to be mentioned each time. If you decide to prevent the dog’s jumping onto people, all home members, including your guests and even strangers in the dog park, must know that jumping isn’t an acceptable method to greet strangers. It can be unclear for your dog whether they’re allowed to leap in playtime, not every time Grandma is visiting or when you’re full of food. Therefore, no jumping on people should be that you will never jump on anyone for the rest of their lives.
Change the Greeting Style
The purpose of preventing the dog’s habit of jumping up on people is to teach them to behave differently. You must decide how you’d like the dog you love to interact with visitors. They can lie down or use an area where they wait for visitors to approach them. Whatever command you choose, the goal is to train the dog to follow it when someone walks to their doorway; they follow this command and not jump up. It’s helpful if they know the authorities already, but they’re still learning to comply with the orders when enthusiastic. It’ll take time, patience, and many rewards, but eventually, you’ll stop wrestling with your dog and shouting “down” as you try to get visitors at the door.
The ideal situation is to teach your puppy not to jump up from the beginning. Of course, this can be harder to accomplish with a playful puppy who doesn’t seem to bother you. However, it’s better for you both over a long time.
While You’re Waiting…
Teaching your dog to obey the instructions instead of jumping takes time, So here are some suggestions regarding how to manage jumping when you’re training.
Salutations from Afar
If your dog is still learning a new way to greet them, you can control your dog’s urge to jump by restricting chances to jump with an animal gate or a crate. This helps reinforce your dog’s “We’re not jumping ever again” rule. It also helps to prevent you from accidentally paying attention to your dog (even if it’s not positive) as you’re reacting to the dog’s jumping. When your dog has gotten over the initial excitement of having a new visitor to the home, You can observe whether they can calmly acknowledge your guest.
You could also wear the head collar or harness with no pull and leash to manage your dog’s jumping. Your visitor should ensure that your pet is calm before going to them. If your dog attempts to run, gentle back and then lead away. When they’re relaxed, you can attempt again.
Turn Away or Walk Away
There will be instances where your dog jumps up at you when training, so it’s best to know how to deal with it. One of the most effective ways to handle it is to remove the prize your dog earns from jumping and attracting attention. If they jump on you, you should turn away, crossing your arms. Avoid looking at, talking with, or petting your pet (yep, it won’t be easy). After the dog stops jumping, take several seconds to make sure they are peaceful and calm with your full appreciation (and other rewards, if you’d like). If they jump again after you return, do not ignore them again. If they’re persistent in jumping, you might have to leave or enter an area and shut the door. In time, they’ll discover that calmness gets the attention of others and rewards, whereas jumping doesn’t.
Be aware that to make this work; you must follow the rule of no jumping. When you’re at your home after an exhausting day at work, and you would like to hug your pet a hug, you shouldn’t do that if they are jumping up. You must be patient and wait until they’re calm with their feet on the ground. It will be difficult for you and your partner for some time; however, you can manage it!