Does Your Dog Jump All Over You and Your Guests?

Teach Your Dog Not To Jump on People When you invite guests over to your home, do they politely decline because your dog jumps all over them and won’t sit calmly to be petted? Does your dog constantly paw and pester your guests? Do you walk in the door after work and your dog body slams you for attention? I bet you answered yes to at least one of these questions. Read on for some great tips to curb this common problem.

Here are some simple steps you can take so your guests can enjoy your dog and you can come into your home after work and be greeted by a calm dog. Be consistent. Do not train your dog not to jump up but then allow the bad behavior when certain people arrive. Once you have begun the training, stick with it. If a family member or guest arrives and allows your dog to jump up, let it know immediately that your dog is in the middle of training and it needs to sit before it can be petted.

Train your dog to sit, when greeting guests. To do this take your dog to a special place away from the door and teach it the commands “Sit” and “Stay” When your dog sits, praise it. Ask your family member or friend to practice with you. Put your dog on a leash. Have your friend knock on the door. Walk over to the door with your dog calmly. Put it in a “Sit” and “Stay”. Once your dog is calm and has all four feet on the floor, your guest may greet it. Make sure your guest is calm when petting your dog. You don’t want your guest to use a high pitched tone.

This will only excite your dog more. If your dog jumps up, your guest must turn around and walk back out the door, closing it behind them. Put your dog back in a “Sit”and “Stay”. Praise it. Ask your guest to return. If your dog pops up again, the person must turn around and leave again. Keep repeating this until your dog understands that if it doesn’t sit, your guest will leave. If your dog sits calmly, your guess will stay and the dog will receive praise. When your dog is consistently behaving when a guest arrives and knocks on the door, add the doorbell. Practice the above with the doorbell. The last step would be to practice all the above without the leash on your dog. Train in short sessions. In order to see success do five to ten sessions a day in short sessions.

Never allow your dog to jump up, even after a training session. You may need to have it on a leash until it learns to be calm around guests. If it jumps up on you, while playing or begging for food, immediately stand straight up, turn your back to it and totally ignore it. Do not make eye contact, say anything or pay attention to your dog until it stops and all four feet are on the floor. Praise it calmly and pet it. If it jumps up again start the process over. If you say anything to your dog when it is jumping, you are still rewarding it because you are giving your dog attention even if it is negative. Ignoring bad behavior and rewarding calm behavior is the best thing to do.

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