Obedience Training: Teaching Your Dog Not to Jump Up

Whether it happens when visiting a friend or enjoying the great outdoors at a local park, chances are you've been on the receiving end of an overexcited, jumping dog. For dog lovers, it can be a nuisance or inconvenience-a surefire way to dirty your new pants or stain a fashionable shirt with muddy paw print. But for those who fear or dislike dogs, especially young children or the elderly, an exuberant, jumping canine companion can be perceived as dangerous.

Start training early

While it may be cute for five-pound Fido to greet guests with leaps and bounds at their feet and legs, it can become harmful when a 100-pound pup is the one doing the jumping. Also, dog trainers will tell you that it's not the proper way for pets to earn attention or affection. For the safety and sanity of your friends, family and yourself, it is important to begin at an early age teaching your dog not to jump up.

When you bring home an eight-week-old puppy, it's nearly impossible to resist the bouncy bundle of fur that bites at your toes and claws at your arms and legs. However, it's during this crucial time in a dog's life that beginning obedience training is critical. Teaching your dog not to jump up on people is an absolute necessity.

Ignore a hyper dog

Because canines respond most effectively to positive reinforcement, rewarding a jumping a dog with a scratch behind the ears or a pat on the head will only encourage the same behavior in the future. The dog hopes the same action (jumping) will receive the same positive result: attention.

Teaching your dog not to jump up on you or your friends is a simple process that is best started by ignoring the behavior altogether and refusing to devote time or attention to him until he puts all four paws on the floor. When you walk through the door and are greeted by a jumping dog, continue with your routine without making eye contact with, speaking to or petting your canine companion. While it seems contrary to natural instincts, wait until your dog has stopped begging for your attention before you acknowledge him. Be consistent in your behavior, and soon your dog will be calmer and more consistent with his.

Although coming home to an enthusiastic pet is often the highlight of a dog owner's day, and it is difficult to resist a wagging tail and toothy smile, teaching your dog not to jump up-and to follow other basic obedience commands-will make for a happier, and safer, environment for both you and your guests.

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