High energy breeds can sometimes have some high energy behaviors. Breeds like shepherds, hounds, and retrievers can perform well in sports and other exercises that require lots of physical activities. But this may also mean that they are not particularly great at controlling that energy in the home or around guests. This high energy can lead to inappropriate behavior, especially in a dog that is overly friendly.
Golden Retrievers can sometimes run into this issue, being the family-loving dogs that they are. While your Retriever might see jumping up on you or a guest to greet them as an appropriate way to show his enthusiasm, you might not be so impressed with his behavior. It can be a little difficult to get a handle on your dog’s energy, but there are certainly ways to handle a peppy pup.
Having your dog jump on people can be considered rude or messy, especially if his paws are not particularly clean. He can knock over smaller children by accident, or cause scratches if his claws are a little too long. It’s safer to teach your Golden Retriever how to properly greet someone or show that he’s ready to play in a more productive and safe manner.
Your retriever should begin learning the alternatives to jumping very early on. Forming good habits as a puppy can ensure that he maintains those habits as an adult. The benefit of owning an intelligent and energetic working breed can also be his tendency to learn quickly. A retriever is almost always eager to please his owner and teaching him appropriate behaviors should only take a week or two at most before he is effectively practicing good manners.
The only things you’ll need in order to keep your dog from jumping up are some treats to reward good behavior, a small dog bed that you can keep in the front area of your home, or a baby gate or other barrier to prevent him from approaching guests with too much enthusiasm. These items can be used together, if necessary, or you can pick and choose, depending on which method you prefer. Different methods may work for different dogs, so try things out and see what suits your retriever’s personality and behavior.