Do you have an over-friendly dog that often jumps on anyone that visits your home? You may consider this behavior sweet, but it is something you need to teach your dog to stop.
If you’ve seen puppies playing with their mum, they often jump up to lick her mouth. Also, when puppies play together, they repeat this behavior. As they get older, the behavior continues with them. Although it is normal, it is a problem because not everyone appreciates it.
Usually, people who are not used to being around dogs may be frightened when a dog jumps at them. Kids may even develop a dog phobia from it. As a result, it is important to discourage the behavior.
You need to physically restrain your dog to prevent them from jumping on people. When outdoor, use a no-pull harness and leash. While when indoor, attach a house-line to their harness and control them with it.
Once your dog is under control, you should start training them to greet your visitors with their four paws on the ground. When you have visitors, control your dog to sit or keep their four feet down, say acknowledgment words like “Good boy,” then place a treat on the ground for them.
Repetition and consistency are important in teaching dogs anything. Once your dog has learned not to jump at visitors, you can gradually reduce using a house-line and leash.