Stopping Your Dog from Jumping on Guests
Who doesn’t love coming home to a dog who is happy to see them? Dogs can be extremely enthusiastic and one of the ways they like to show affection is by jumping up on people to say hello. However, this isn’t always good doggy manners! So what can you do?
Don’t show interest when they jump up
The first step is to not react when your dog jumps up. Simply turn away and don’t pat, talk to or engage your dog. Start showing that the behaviour has no impact or reward. Remember it’s your dog’s way of communicating with you, so don’t communicate back as it will send the wrong message.
Encourage alternate behaviour
Becoming upset and punishing dogs can be very confusing for them. They don’t understand why you don’t want them to be friendly. So, instead of getting upset encourage your dog to do something else. When you arrive home, encourage them to sit on a mat or at your feet. Once they start doing this reward their behaviour
. They will eventually realise that this is what you want them to do.
Get everyone on-board
One of the tricky things about teaching dogs is that everyone needs to support the training. If visitors come over and pat your dog when they jump up, your pup may become confused and start think jumping up is fine to do. Prepare your guests ahead of arriving. Explain that you are in the process of training and if they could not pat the dog if they are to jump, it would be greatly appreciated.
As with all training, it can take time and perseverance. Be patient and stick with it. It always going to be easier to set routines if you can train your dog from when they are puppy. If this isn't possible, they can still learn but patient and encouraging.