Learn How To Teach A Dog Not To Jump
Polite Dog To Person Greeting Behavior
YOUR GUESTS: Some challenges with teaching your dog to greet your guests politely are that your guests don’t listen (or care), their timing is off, or you feel insecure about following through with a plan. How you manage and work through this situation will determine your dog’s success. If you truly want a polite greeter at the end, you must remember that your dog is learning all the time, so make sure he his learning what YOU want him to learn. You’re the one who lives with him, not your guests or in-laws.
MANAGEMENT: Management, management, management is always the best way to start a successful
dog training program. Have you ever wondered why dog trainers can teach a dog a reliable behavior effortlessly? It’s because we start all our training programs with a high management protocol. If you are able to prevent your dog from running and jumping on your guest, you will then be able to teach him a better greeting behavior. If, on the other hand, he performs this act over and over again he will get quite good at jumping, and this will become his ritual. Planning ahead when you know guests are going to arrive and having a plan of action for when they surprise you are the best tools. A prepared frozen dog treat toy is always a good backup for surprises.
TETHER, HARNESS, AND STUFFED TREAT TOYS: When you are expecting guests, put your dog’s harness on and prepare a filled hollow treat toy. Decide which room you and your guests are going to reside in and place a tether (leash) around a heavy piece of furniture such as a sofa leg. When the doorbell rings, collect your dog and attach him to the tether by his harness and provide him with his filled hollow toy.
When your dog is ready for the next step, ask one of your seated guests to reach down toward her shin and wiggle her fingers. As she does, walk your dog up to the guest and tell him to say hello. As soon as your dog sniffs your friend’s fingers say “YES!” and quickly move your dog a foot away and give him a treat. Be careful not to jerk your dog, remember he’s still on his leash and harness. This process is teaching your dog to politely sniff your guest’s fingers (not jumping up), and then by quickly removing your dog, he does not have time to get too excited, and start jumping up. Remember, you are teaching your dog what to do, so you don’t want to give him the opportunity to be wrong. Repeat this process for 5 repetitions. As your dog gets the hang of this, you can allow a little longer sniffing before calling him off. By calling your dog away from your guests to collect his reward, he is also learning that you are more exciting.
When you are done practicing, keep your dog leashed to you. Only when you start to have a reliable behavior, with no jumping, should your dog be allowed to run freely with guests. Remember, prevention is the key. It will not do you any good to practice these lessons, then to unleash your dog for him to start jumping around on your guests. If you do not wish to have him leashed with you, you can use another management tool such as tethering him in sight, baby gated, or put him in his crate. When you start to consider allowing him more roaming freedom, he should respond well to The Name Game.
REMEMBER #1: Management #2: Practice and certainly #3: Patience
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