Jumping on Guests - TamarPublished December 15, 2008
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The same behavior is seen in dogs when we have our guests come over. The problem is that our faces are higher than theirs so they have to jump to reach them. It's very simple to stop this jumping behavior and train the dog to find a new, more mannered way to greet people.
A dog training tip: All you need are treats!
Instead of Jumping: Sit
I want you to go by the front door in your house and turn that area into your training area. Have your dog sit. (You can teach your dog how to sit using the "Magnet" method described in my book, The Loved Dog.)
Once he sits when you are standing up, do it when you are kneeling as well (you may have young kids visiting). Next time you come in the door and the dog jumps on you, simply turn your back to him. By doing that you are not letting him have any contact with or even see your face.
To Stop Jumping: Immediate Treats
Immediately, as the dog stops jumping, ask him to sit, and reward him with a treat. If he gets excited and jumps again, quickly turn away again. It should take no more than 10 minutes to stop the jumping. If you have two dogs you must do it one at the time.
Now ask for "fake" guests to practice with (enlist friends).
As the doorbell rings and your dog rushes to the door, remind your guests to turn their back if your dog jumps on them. Open the door and as the guest turns away, get your dogs attention and ask him to sit. Give the treat immediately, and give a Jackpot (again, described in my book and on The Loved Dog refrigerated dog treats). The more "fake" guests you have, the faster your dog will learn that you are the keeper of everything good and will stop even attempting to jump on your guests.
You will not have to use treats forever, as you will give a Jackpot only every once in a while. It is important to note that this training is not only essential to instill in your dog but the guests that will be visiting your home as well.