Puppies are excitable and amongst their other ‘endearing’ puppy qualities, like to jump up. With muddy paws dirtying clothes or sharp nails snagging fabric, some visitors may find your boisterous puppy jumping up rather annoying. It is not the puppy’s fault and is just a natural instinct for a puppy in their attempts to communicate, get attention or show that they are pleased to see you!
However, whilst a puppy jumping up may be annoying but tolerable, as your dog grows, it can be dangerous especially when around children or people who are unsteady on their feet. You may have friends or family that are genuinely frightened of dogs and you do not want them to avoid coming to your home because you have a dog that cannot be controlled not to jump up.
Teaching your puppy not to jump up at an early age is relatively easy. Stepping away from the puppy as it throws its paws at you or turning away from the puppy shows them that this greeting is not acceptable. You should not reward your puppy by petting or playing with your pet when they jump up – but equally, it is no fun if you do not greet your pet at all especially when they are so pleased to see you. Teach your dog to ‘come’ and ‘sit’ and reward that behaviour with affection for your pet.
Of course, there is nothing to stop you from training your puppy to jump up on occasions – but only on your command!
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