Do you live in fear of your doorbell? Will you only take your dog out for walks late at night or only on desolate country roads? If you answered yes to both questions, you may have a jumper in your home!
Most young dogs simply can't contain themselves and jump frantically whenever meeting someone new. But if this somewhat obnoxious habit isn't nipped in the bud, you could end up with a full-sized hound pouncing on all of your guests! Definitely not an ideal scenario.
While you may think that your pooch is just trying to hug new friends, the truth is much smellier. Dogs are pretty much governed by their noses. When two dogs meet, they figure out everything they need to know by shoving a nose where the sun don't shine.
When a dog meets a person, they want get a good whiff of all the smells of the human. People pack the majority of their scent in their crotches and out of their mouths. Pants block most of the interesting stuff below the belt, so many a pupper heads upward to do their first-encounter investigating. This is really not polite canine behavior, and can actually be quite dangerous if the dog is big or the recipient is unsteady.
So how do you convince your furbaby to say hello on all fours? You'll be happy to know that there are multiple ways to teach your pup some manners. To be prepared, you should have:
When training your dog not to jump, only include willing participants into your sessions. You're likely to lose a friend or two if you allow your furbaby to practice on them without notice.
Below are some excellent ways to train your dog not to jump on people. With lots of work, you and your pup will be answering the door and walking through town like nobody's business.