One of the best things about owning a dog is the fact that he will always be glad to see you when you get home from work. No matter how bad your day has been, or how stressful your commute, or how stinky you are from your twelve hour shift at the fish gutting factory, your four legged pal will give you a warm welcome.
However, sometimes his greeting may be a little overenthusiastic. Many a crisp white shirt or sharp Armani suit have been ruined by muddy paw prints, and if your dog jumps all over a visitor, they may be intimidated or scared by this invasion of their personal space. So, what can you do about it?
The secret to it is the same as every aspect of training your dog – he needs to know that you are the ‘pack leader’ and, as such, be aware that he answers to your authority. If you do not assume this role, your dog will become his own boss – he will not listen to your instructions and will do what he wants, whenever he wants.
If your pet is jumping on somebody, the first measure you need to take is to assert yourself and tell him ‘No!’ It’s advisable to keep him on a short leash to pull him back should he attempt to jump on a visitor, but bear in mind that a collar can injure a dog in a situation like this, which is why many owners prefer to use a harness instead.
It’s vital that you do not cause your pet harm by hitting him as a form of punishment – your dog should obey you, and not cower any time you raise your voice. Given time, a controlled environment, and the correct balance of asserting your authority and rewarding him, jumping is a habit that your dog will find easy to drop.
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