Whenever somebody comes to my home, my canine jumps on him. I wish for this unruly behavior to stop, but I really don’t have a good deal of time to invest in training. Is there an easy method to end jumping?
Jumping up when welcoming is one of the most common problems pet proprietors have about their canines. The reason this attitude happens so frequently is that in pet dog to dog communication, moving right toward the face is not only usual but probably demonstrates social pleasantness and thoughtfulness to the other animal.
That does not imply, though, that you should put up with this irritating unruly behavior.
Even though the idea of “training” may appear difficult, it is merely educating an animal what behavior works or shouldn’t work through resulting results- so whether you notice it or not, you are effectively training your dog every moment of the day. Fortunately for you, preventing jumping is possible even without structured training. There are some straightforward solutions to this problem that requires minimal effort and fit easily into your normal interactions with your pet dog.
Here are six ways to keep your canine jump-free.
Delay Greeting Until Your Canine Is Quiet
Before you answer the door and welcome guests, clip a leash on your canine, ideally to a front-clip harness or head halter, so that he might be controlled in a manner such that he cannot meet if he jumps. When your pet dog is relaxed, with all four paws on the floor, which may take up to a few minutes for more restless dogs, permit him to come close to guests and say hello.
If he jumps, mildly turn and lead him away; wait for calm behavior before approaching again. For particularly overzealous pet dogs, one other possibility is to remove the canine to a contained area before guests come in.
An exercise pen or baby gate is an adequate restriction for many canines. If you have a sporty or big pet dog that can effortlessly scale a gate, use a crate or move him to a room with a closed door. Once your pet dog calms down, clip on his leash and authorize him to come out and meet your guests.
Pay no attention to Your Canine When He Jumps
When your pooch has all four paws on the floor, give him recognition and approval. If he jumps up at any point, freeze with your arms folded on your chest until he calms down. Advise guests and all members of your household to systematically ignore jumping. If you have visitors who are oblivious to the no-jumping rules, keep your canine on a leash during the visit and gently remove him if he jumps.
For anything, your pet dog gets in life, whether it’s your attention or a meal, only give the reward when all four paws are on the floor. Jumping up should end all attention and rewards while remaining fixed on the ground garners all the pleasurable reinforcement a pooch desires– treats, petting, play.
Give Your Canine Something to Carry in His Mouth
For some canines, simply holding something in their mouth during a greeting sequence nixes jumping. The preferred item depends upon the animal, as some pet dogs prefer stuffed toys or balls while others like long-lasting chews. Pre-stuffed food puzzles are another solution. Keep them near the door and give one to your pooch when guests arrive.
Get Your Canine Moving
For retrieving pet dogs, initiate a game of fetch when guests arrive to distract from the urge to jump while receiving. Use a soft toy that’s not likely to cause harm or bounce far when thrown; toss the toy in an open area of your house far from breakables, like the corridor. Yet another solution is to toss loose treats on the floor.
Doing so will keep your pooch’s nose glued to the ground in pursuit of the food, and by extension, off the guest during ultimate thrilling initial moments of receiving. After a few minutes of this kind of play, the new person has been in the house long enough for your dog’s excitement level to decrease, and jumping up will never be an issue.
Descend on the Canine’s Level
Some pet dogs jump because they want to complete an effective receiving by sniffing a person’s face. You can authorize a dog who is greeting you to get near your face while still discouraging jumping by lowering yourself to the dog’s level.
Kneel down when saying hi; keep your upper body upright and lean forward from the waist. Avoid bending over the top of the dog, which might be intimidating and can put you susceptible to a facial injury or chipped tooth if the dog jumps up.
Alternatives to kneeling are sitting in a chair or positioning your hand lower to the ground for petting, thus directing the pet dog’s attention away from your face but still authorizing him to say hi by sniffing your hand at nose level.
Other Techniques for Calming Your Canine
There are a few other strategies you can try in order to calm your canine and put a stop to jumping. A canine anti-anxiety wrap like the ThunderShirt gently squeezes pressure points in your pooch’s body that promote a sense of calm in a noninvasive manner. In many cases, the vest alone may stop the jumping, no training necessary, because it can lower stimulation levels quickly.
Exercise also helps. Many canines don’t get the exercise they need, which sets them up for extreme reactions when anything unusual comes about. To deal with jumping, increase your canine’s exercise, angling for twice-daily walks that leave him panting, not from the heat, but from the exercise. But be sure to check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s exercise routine.