If you have ever walked into your friend’s house and at the door you get pounced on by a dog, then you probably know how annoying it feels. If you are dressed for an evening out and you go to your date’s house to pick him up and get jumped on and pawed by his dog, wouldn’t that make you mad? It is important as a dog owner to actively train your dog so that it does not jump on people when they walk into your house. Many people consider this a normal doggie behavior but as a cautionary measure, you should properly train your dog because you never know how an individual will react when a dog instantly pounces on him.
The effect is more tremendous if the victim involved is a child, an elderly person or a person who is handicapped. A child or a person who is handicapped can easily lose grip when pounced on by a dog and end up falling down and even if they don’t fall they are likely to be scared and upset by the situation, something definitely to be avoided.
If you have a dog, then the question should be why does it jump? To answer this, you should know that the three main reasons that may lead a dog to jump include excitement by the dog, a dog looking for attention and lastly a dog that is aggressive in nature will generally jump on people.
As a way of getting your dog to stop jumping, you need to take your dog through obedience training. The training requires that you come up with commands to effectively control your dog’s behavior. Among the commands you can come up with are commands like “sit” and “stop.” These commands will help you control your dog’s behavior anytime someone walks through your door.
There are other ways of ensuring your dog is well mannered if after training it has not yet grasped the commands or you have not yet started training it. Among the ways you can use include lifting up your knee whenever your dog begins to jump on you. This will act as a blockage preventing your dog from actually reaching on you. In case you are not good at balancing and you need to prevent your dog from jumping on you, you can simply turn your body away from the dog. You can continuously ignore your dog anytime it tries jumping on you until the dog stops jumping on you.
Once your dog changes its behavior and stops jumping on people, you can pet him and show him attention. By doing this, your dog will understand that he is only given attention when he stops jumping on people and so it will refrain from jumping on people.
If after trying all the possible solutions you still cannot control your dog from jumping on people, then you should think about using a choke collar. You can use a choke collar together with a leash. Every time your dog shows a behavior that is unacceptable, then all you need to do is give the leash a tug. Keep in mind that the main reason for using the choke collar is to control the dog’s behavior and not to hurt the dog. This measure will completely deter your dog from ever jumping on people.
The important points that you need not forget when dealing with a jumping dog include breaking this jumping habit immediately when your dog displays it and keeping in mind that dog obedience training session does not give instant results and so you should never give up on the training.
As a lasting solution, you should at no time give a treat to your dog in attempt to preventing it from jumping on guests. Some dog owners make this mistake and the dog gets different signals on how it should behave. You should be consistent on how you treat your dog and on the manner in which you reward it based on specific behaviors it shows. With this under consideration, then you should know that dog jumping is an easy habit to deal with if you use the right training. Patience, time and reinforcement are all you need and you will get your dog behaving in a good way.