Many new dog owners experienced the joy of being welcomed home from their dog. My dog used to wait for me at the door and greet me with excitement - jumping and leaping at my knees.
I would normally lean down and respond to him in kind and rewarding way - such as praising him ‘good boy', patting his head, have a little play with him or even taking him out for a walk!
I used to think that dog jumping meant that your dog missed you, and just got excited when you're home - and that you are the most important person in his life (beside his food of cause).
Well not when it is an adult dog - and, ma-ma-mia, the force from a huge, hairy dog can be really sturdy. Especially if you have a large breed dog. They're often heavy enough to knock smaller adults tip over tail.
So how do you stop a dog from jumping up which was encouraged from puppyhood?
Your dog doesn't understand that he is just too big to jump. All he knows is the reward and response he'll receive from jumping.
Therefore to stop the jumping, the most effective and easiest way is to withdraw all attention (even negative attention) your dog gets, when he jumps up.
The training technique is to ignore your dog - fold your arms, turn your back straight away whenever your dog jumps up. The idea of this is to give your dog the cold shoulder - that way your dog will soon learn that his behavior is not needed and he will calm down very quickly.
Once all four paws are on the ground, praise your dog immediately. This is a positive reinforcement technique.
Your dog will catch on very quickly from the positive reaction. But don't confuse your dog by allowing him to jump on occasions - prohibit him from doing at other times.
Otherwise you will end up with a dog that will continuously jump up on you whenever he feels like it. So, be consistent in your correction. This is how to stop a dog from jumping up on you.
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