After long day, there’s nothing like opening the front door and being greeted by an ecstatic pet. Their excitement and love is enough to encourage a smile on the worst of days, or serve as the icing on the cake for the best of days. However, when a pet’s instinctual need to jump up and say hello becomes more of an intrusion than a warm welcome, it’s time to start being proactive and addressing their need to jump up.
Dogs are naturally prone to greeting humans the same way they greet their four-legged friends: with bounding joy and kisses. While their intentions are good, this obviously isn’t a viable option for pet owners or their guests. Training a pooch to resist the urge to jump up when greeting a human is a process, but one well worth the effort. Dogs must be trained to keep four paws on the ground to receive an affectionate and hearty hello. So where to begin? It all starts with the owner.
Tips to get started:
Basic training sequence:
Practicing the above will train your dog to understand that keeping four paws on the ground results in affection and praise. While the process may take some time, it’s important to remain consistent and not get discouraged. Certain breeds are extremely prone to being active, and may be more challenging to train than the average pet. If jumping up persists and additional help is needed, finding a trainer who can help with behavior issues and concentration is a beneficial step. It’s A Dog’s World K – 9 Academy employs CPDT trainers who can assist with lovable dogs who feel the need to jump up. For more information contact [email protected].