Owning a dog that jumps excessively can be frustrating. Not only is it a nuisance but it can also be dangerous when a large dog jumps on a small toddler or elderly relative.
Preventing your dog from jumping in the first place is much easier than trying to correct this behaviour when it has been long established.
It is important to remember that when your dog jumps on you, this is a normal behaviour for the dog – he/she is trying to get nearer to your face in order to greet you after a period of absence.
You may find getting down to your dog’s level will prevent that first jump but certainly not rewarding your dog with attention and petting when he/she jumps on you is the most important thing you can do as an owner.
Repeatedly turning your back on your dog when he/she jumps on you should send your dog the message that he/she will not get your attention until he/she stops jumping.
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