One of the nicest things about owning a dog is how happy they are to see you regardless of the circumstances. Even if you’ve only been away for a couple of minutes, they’ll still go mad whenever you get home and leap up at you while trying to lick your face. It’s really rather adorable and when the whole world is against you, you’ll find your pooch is always right in your corner.
But while it might be cute to have your dog bound up at you, you may find that your visitors find it less cute. And you might find it less cute when they have dirty paws and you’re in white trousers… If you have an elderly relative over then a big German Shepherd can completely bowl them over!
So the question is: how do you get them to stop?
The first thing to do is to stop reinforcing the behavior. Many of us will respond to our dogs making a fuss of us by simply making a fuss back – but in doing so we’re actually rewarding the jumping up behavior and reinforcing it such that they will be more likely to do it again.
Sit and Stay
Instead then, practice telling your dog to sit and commanding them with a firm voice so that they’ll listen to what you’re saying. Once they have sat down and stopped jumping up manically then you can stroke them and make a fuss of them.
On walks, if your dog is jumping up at strangers then try guiding them to the side with the lead and telling them to sit. Don’t yank them (which can hurt them) and don’t pull down on them which actually encourages jumping.