We all love our dogs, but let’s be frank: Greeting visitors is an embarrassing nightmare when your over eager dog is jumping all over the place.
Not only can jumping up be embarrassing, it can also be dangerous when your 93 pound great aunt visits with her cane and your slobbering greeting committee comes charging toward the door. Let’s talk about how to train your dog not to jump on people.
What’s that you say? You thought this was a dog training site, not a people training site? You are correct. But this is one of those areas where your reaction to your dog is crucial.
If you’re like me, I used to get pretty excited when I came home and my dog was so excited to see me. Who wouldn’t be?!
My dog would come running and jump on my leg and i would get all excited holler her name and scratch her behind the ears. That’s a fun way to come home!
Then we had company come over.
Then we had kids.
It was time to change. When you have little babies and wobbly toddlers around, you can’t have your out of control 4 legged buddy bouncing off the walls anymore.
I had to give up those great door greetings. But it was totally worth it. We still get to have fun, just not right away.
Here’s the plan:
You might think that sounds too simple, but it works if your dog knows the Sit Command well.
Here’s an earlier post on teaching your dog to sit.
Remember this isn’t going to happen overnight, but it’s not hard.
Start with the crate and then work on the Sit Command for 3 to 5 minutes at a time.
Keep it fun and enjoy the time with your dog. Remember, all doggies are good doggies!