Dogs like to jump up on people. However, there are some dog owners who actually encourage this kind of behavior. They should keep in mind that not everyone likes dogs and that their dog should not jump up on everyone that they encounter.
Even though it may seem cute when they are still puppies, it can really pose a problem as they become full grown dogs.
Why jumping on people is bad?
The problem with this is as the dog gets older, they weigh more. The more the dogs weigh, the more dangerous jumping on people can be. Since there are lots of people that don’t like dogs, they will not appreciate one jumping on them and possibly knocking them down.
If it’s a small child, it’s even worse. The child could be seriously injured due to the weight of the dog. The dog owner could be in serious trouble, regardless if it’s their child or not that got hurt.
Whether it’s an adult or a child, you could find yourself with a lawsuit if you have not trained your dog to stop doing that.
Training procedure to stop your dog from jumping on people
The best time to teach him not to jump on other people is when the dog is still young. It’s easier to train them and you won’t have the trouble that you would if the dog were older because it’s a basic command for dogs.
Once you allow them to jump on other people, it can be difficult as the dog gets older and then you try to curb it. Their behavior pattern is already set and can be difficult to break.
The way to do this is when they try to jump on someone, put their feet back on the floor in a gentle and firm manner. You can reward and encourage them as they continue to obey you.
As you are encouraging your pet, you must be at eye level with them. The dog will take you seriously when they see that you are providing direct contact at their level. You can continue to reinforce this as much as you need to.
Make sure that everyone knows the rules and does not encourage the dog to allow jumping on them. It can be confusing if you have one person getting irritated and another allowing the dog to jump on them.
The standard must be consistent, regardless of who it is.
Update: Here is a great article on The Human Toll From Dog-Dog Aggression