You open your door after a long day at work and your hands are full, mail under one arm, laptop bag on your shoulder, keys still out from unlocking the door. Suddenly, two massive Labrador paws are on your chest and everything goes flying. Your dog is so excited to see you, he just can’t contain himself, and now you’re stuck picking up the pieces. This situation can be avoided when your Lab is still a puppy.
Training your Labrador puppy to not jump up on you when she is young and small is very important. When your puppy is young, jumping is adorable and feels like her way of expressing her love for you. But as she grows, her love can easily knock you, or a visitor, to the ground. Labs are friendly, sociable dogs and can take a long time to mature and calm down. They are more prone to jumping up than other dog breeds. However, with some consistent training while she is young, you can convince your puppy not to jump in a few weeks. Taking the time to properly train your Labrador puppy to keep her feet on the floor is a great way to raise a well-mannered dog.
You will need some good treats or another type of rewards close at hand for training your puppy not to jump. The goal with all of these methods is to reward the behavior you want, rather than scolding your puppy for doing something wrong. You will also need to resist the urge to give her love and pets when she jumps up on you, no matter how cute it is. You want to teach her that jumping doesn’t get her what she wants. The only reward should come when all four feet are on the ground.