Your husband picked up your 64-year-old Aunt Lisa and brought her to the house so you could all drive to the wedding together. At only 5-feet tall, she looked spectacular in that brand new strapless cocktail dress. Everything was perfect until your son let Brutus, your 165-pound Rottweiler, slip past him and into the house. When, in his excitement, Brutus jumped on her, Aunt Lisa was knocked off her feet. And the dress? Oh my.
When your dog jumps on people, that’s a problem, especially if you have a large dog, such as Brutus. But, at the very least, it’s also a problem if you have a small dog. It’s a nuisance. It’s bad manners.
For a dog, jumping is a way of greeting someone, the way the dog would greet a member of its pack. Jumping is often accompanied by licking. If you hadn’t reacted fast enough, once Brutus had knocked Aunt Lisa down, Brutus probably would have proceeded to bath her face with his tongue.
Jumping is also a way that a dog demands attention. If someone allows their dog to jump, the dog will learn that jumping is OK; they won’t differentiate between those who don’t mind have a dog jump up on them and those who do mind. It’s your job to train your dog so that, when someone else comes to visit your Buffalo Grove home, they won’t be mauled by your friendly but intrusive dog.
How do you stop your dog from jumping?
Yes, you can train your dog to not jump on people, and here’s how:
- Put your dog in a typical ‘jumping’ situation so you can teach them not to jump. You can do this with the help of a friend or someone your dog would customarily jump on. Have them stand a few feet away from your dog.
- Put your dog on a leach and give them a command to ‘sit-stay.’
- Have the target person walk toward your dog.
- When the dog moves to greet your friend, they should walk away while you give a gentle tug on the leash to remind your dog they’re on a sit-stay.
- When the dog sits again, your friend should start approaching the dog again.
Rinse and repeat. In other words, do this repeatedly and your dog should get the hint.
Once your dog has learned the basics of how to politely greet people, practice with your dog whenever you have a chance. Over time, you’ll have people complimenting you on what a polite dog you have. In time, Aunt Lisa might even come back to Buffalo Grove to visit.