Over the weekend we celebrated my granddaughter’s 6th birthday. My daughter threw a party with the whole family. The one thing that always brings stress to our gatherings is their dog, Goose.
Goose is a Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix and he is huge. He is a beautiful and sweet dog who just wants to give love and receive love in return. Goose doesn’t realize how tall he is. He thinks he’s a lap dog.
Because he doesn’t realize how big he is, when he jumps on you, he knocks you down. This is how he greets everyone, with a loud bark and a big bear/dog hug. Which makes my son-in-law furious.
They had tried to get him to stop jumping, but he just wouldn’t stop. So I thought I would help them by finding out if there is a simple solution to their problem with Goose.
First, I have to ask a question.
Why does my dog want to jump on people?
I’ve had dogs that constantly jump on people, and I’ve had dogs that didn’t jump at all. It seems to have something to do with their age. The younger the dog, the more likely it is to jump up, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I guess it has more to do with individual personalities.
The website, petkeen.com offered this insight,
Most of the time, dogs jump on people just because they are excited and want to greet them. The behavior can also be dominance or attention seeking, but either way, it’s usually an easy problem to fix.
How do I get my dog to stop jumping on passers-by?
According zoomroom.com, there is one thing you can do now that will help you fix this problem.
Most dogs know how to sit and it is impossible to sit and jump at the same time. Using the sit command is the best way to prevent a dog from jumping up on people during walks.
Zoom Room then shared five more tips to keep your dog from annoying your guests or scaring loved ones at the park.
- Reduce the emotional component when you arrive home. Avoid rapid movements and loud voices. Ignore your dog until he is calm.
- Follow the rule of four on the floor. Don’t touch your dog — and that includes pushing him away — until he’s calm and quiet.
- Train mutually exclusive behavior. Ask your dog to sit for all greetings and interactions with strangers and reward him with treats.
- Keep your dog on a leash when guests arrive and ask them to help you train by asking your dog to sit down before rewarding him with attention.
- Put the behavior on command if you sometimes like the greeting but not the others. Teach your dog that jumping is only allowed with the word “Up!”
More ways to help your dog stop jumping.