With the holidays quickly approaching, let’s talk about the elephant in the room….or in this case, the jumping dog in the room.
I actually get inundated with people reaching out as the holidays draw near, asking for assistance for just this problem.
Their well beloved pooch, gets overly excited when family comes to visit….heck even my dogs do it with my parents…never fails. For the most part we laugh and think their antics are funny.
BUT what happens when you have that house guest who is afraid, or has frail skin? It is not so funny anymore.
Ok, let’s consider why dogs jump. They do it mostly for attention…it is that simple. The problem is when they are jumping and we reach down to pet them OR even to push them away, we are reinforcing the behavior.
Any time we look at them, touch them, push them away, these are all reinforcers for the majority of dogs. Yes, it is important to actually teach your dog how to stay...