Jumping on People
For decades it was believed that the only way to prevent your dog from jumping up on people was to jam a knee into his chest or to step on his back toes. This treatment is cruel and unnecessary, but several positive alternatives exist. Many dogs jump up because they have been taught by their owners (knowingly or unknowingly) that this behavior is okay. You must decide when your dog is young if you want him to jump up on you or others.
Why Dogs Jump on People
Proper Training Technique
To teach your dog not to jump up, place him in a situation where it is likely to occur - such as when one of his favorite people greets him at the door. Slip collar and leash on your dog. When he jumps, the leash should be pulled using a corrective jerk while saying no. Use a gentle tone with a shy dog and a firmer tone with a stubborn dog. Continue to repeat this technique until the behavior stops. In some cases, a shake can (a clean, empty soft drink can with a few pennies inside and tape over the opening) or a squirt bottle may be used instead of the leash.
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