As dog owners we often encourage the wrong habits in our dogs. A bad habit is hard to change. It is hard for an adult dog to understand why he can't jump up on people when he was allowed to as a puppy. It is important that you establish rules and limits today with the future in mind.
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The act of your dog jumping up on someone creates a safety problem. It can be especially dangerous with elderly people and young children. Your dog does not intend to hurt someone when jumping up, he may just see it as a way to enthusiastically greet people because it was allowed when he was younger.
Your dog needs limitations and controls. Your dog is happy when she is complying with her alpha dog leader. It is important to her to feel like a responsible member of your family pack. It is important that you establish yourself as the alpha dog leader by exhibiting alpha dog qualities as you interact with your dog.
One successful method to keep your dog from jumping up on you is to position your arms in front of your body, thus stopping him from successfully completing the jump. Follow up the action with a stern vocal NO then immediately turn your back on your dog, rebuffing him for his action. Do not give your dog eye contact. You can reengage your dog after he has calmed down and praise him for being calm. Your dog wants your love and attention. By rejecting your dog in this manner you are giving him the opposite reaction that he desires. Correcting inappropriate behavior is how the alpha dog communicates displeasure to members of the dog pack.
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When a person returns home after being gone for several hours a dog is excited to see them and will often jump up to greet them. In order to stop this type of behavior do not greet your dog as soon as you arrive at home. Don't greet your dog until you have been home for 10 to 15 minutes. Until your dog is used to this procedure you may have to put him in another room for 10 minutes or more. Greet your dog enthusiastically, after this calming down period. Remember consistency is a major part of dog training.
It is important to reward your dog's positive actions while ignoring his negative actions. After you reprimand your dog wait for an opportunity to praise your dog for a specific positive act. Your last contact with your dog should be loving, enthusiastic praise.
It is always easier to train a puppy than to retrain a full grown dog. The training technique is the same but the physical effort to stop or control an adult dog is greater. Dog training should be a fun and happy experience for both yourself and your dog. This will be the case if you are consistent with your training.
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