Does your dog like to greet people by jumping up on them? Are you looking for a way to get them to stop? Here are the top training tips to teach your dog how to be more polite in their greetings. It just isn't about manners either. If you have older guests or very young guests, a large jumping dog can knock over elderly guests and toddlers. We certainly don't want that!
The most important thing that you must do is to get EVERYONE that comes in contact with the dog to agree to not allow jumping up.
If some of your family or friends thinks it's cute or ok to jump up and they pet your dog when it happens, it will take a lot longer to train the desired behavior. You have to be firm with people that say, "oh it's ok. I don't mind. She's so cute" (while they pet your dog and encourage bad behavior). People think they are being polite but they are really making it nearly impossible to get your dog to stop jumping up. You must be firm with them, and, better yet, step on the leash so the dog can't jump up at all. Preventing the unwanted behavior is much easier than trying to coax guests to go along with your training goals. Consistency in the training is critical. Jumping can't be ok some of the time or you'll never have the results that you want. You can't work on this only once in a while either. You have to be really committed to training your dog to be a polite greeter. Otherwise, you will never get them to stop.
My border collie, Betty, used to love to jump on all new people. I have trained her to the point that she never jumps up on me. She greets people off leash at dog parks by sitting at their feet too. We don't go to the dog parks often though because I am afraid of the risk of injury at our parks.
My biggest training obstacle has been other people coming to our home and lack of prevention on my part. By the time Betty jumps up and is being petted, it is too late to tell someone to stop petting her or to turn around. She is a pretty dog and people naturally want to pet her most of the time. It isn’t their problem and they aren’t invested in stopping her bad behavior. The fact that my family and friends have not gone along with the training is showing me that I have to put better preventative measures in place so it isn’t a matter of their participation or not. I need to remember to leash her up before I allow them into the home and I need to keep her leashed up until they leave or she learns to stop jumping up. Another thing that has slowed us down is that we don’t get very many visitors. So, I forget and we are not getting much practice with greetings. I probably could be more social. Betty is a smart dog and I have not given up on her yet. She is about 75% trained to not jump. My goal is to practice more often.
Why do we hate retractable leashes?
You think they are great.
They give your dog freedom to roam. Its like they aren’t on a leash. They don’t tangle and drag like a regular leash. You really love them. I know you do. I can tell from your happy face looking like you don't have a care in the world as your happy dog races from side to side checking out all the bushes and people going by. It looks wonderful and joyous. It's all butterflies and sunshine.
Wrong! I will not use these to walk any dogs. I'm not just being mean or rude and I am not writing this to be offensive.
Here are my reasons.
I have said my piece and I get all worked up just thinking about these horrible things. I think I need to calm down and go walk my dogs on their nice normal leashes. Just say NO to these things. I use a standard web leash for both of my dogs. I like the ones with padded double handles. I have linked a similar item on my resources page if you want to use something like that.
- Your neighbor and normally friendly dog walker
There are several reasons that dogs lick their paws to the point of irritation. The fancy medical term for this is Canine Acral Lick Dermatitis and it is a very common ailments that veterinarians encounter. It can be very frustrating and stubborn to treat. Here are some of the most common culprits.
Yeast/Fungal infections The easiest way to tell if your dog has a yeast infection on their paws is the smell. Yeast on dog paws can smell like Fritos chips and can be a very pungent strong smell. It is most common in the summertime and can make their paws itchy and irritated which can make your dog want to lick their paws excessively. Allergies can cause this too and some dogs can be allergic to yeast but they are not the same thing.
Yeast and fungus can grow anywhere moist and warm on your dog. It is most common on feet, ear canals, armpits and other skin folds (think about a bulldog’s facial folds). If your pet is shaking their head a lot or pawing at their ears, this can be the cause. Having a little bit of yeast on your dog is normal and may not produce a strong odor. It becomes a problem when the yeast grows out of control and causes irritation, redness, or swelling. When this happens it is called Malassezia Dermatitis or more commonly as a yeast infection. This can be especially irritating if your dog becomes allergic to the yeast. If they become allergic, their biological response can be much more severe as they become hypersensitive to the yeast. This will make even the smallest amount of yeast very irritating. This research article goes into greater detail here. https://europepmc.org/article/med/9659547
If I was stuck on a deserted island and there wasn’t a veterinarian on the island with me… but I had some homemade vinegar… I would rinse my dogs itchy paws with vinegar -if I thought they had a yeast infection that was making them chew their paws. Vinegar can be effective on yeast or fungus on the skin and it is non-toxic to dogs. But, if you can get to a veterinarian, that is better of course.
Have you ever wondered if dog kisses are really kisses? Or, maybe, we just taste good? Well, I did some research and here is everything I could find about dogs licking us.
Why do they do it? What does it mean? Should we let them?What can happen when they lick us? Here is the scoop.
So, why do they lick and what does it mean when a dog licks you? Is it love? Well, the short answer is probably yes. Dogs do appear to lick people and sometimes other dogs (and even cats) that they like or love. It is a sign of affection and is common. So calling the licks kisses is appropriate.
They can learn this when they are puppies and their moms are grooming them by licking them. As puppies, they lick their moms to get attention or to be fed. Some dogs lick more than others. A dog that doesn’t lick as much may have not learned it as a puppy or they may not like it as much.
Licking is also reinforced by our reaction to it. When a dog licks us, they get attention. Whether we like it or not, they are still getting attention by licking. So, a bored dog that wants your attention will also lick you. If they can get to your face that is often the preferred spot -but they will lick hands, legs, or feet if they can’t get to your face. Our faces often taste the best because of food that we eat. Also, wolves in the wild will come back to their pups after hunting and regurgitate food for their pups and the pups will lick mom’s fact for bits of meat. So, it is thought to be instinctual to lick faces.
Sometimes we smell especially good - like when we have eaten something that smells good, or put on lotion, or a personal favorite of most dogs: fresh out of the shower with wet bodies. These are times that we become irresistible to our dogs.
Dogs may lick some people more than others too. This can be caused by a variety of reasons. The dog may have a particular fondness for this person or they may just smell terrific. Or, the person has reinforced the licking behavior with a positive reaction in the past. Some people have great energy too. Dogs are very sensitive to a person’s energy. They can tell who is going to be a friend and who isn’t by our body language, our tone, and our approach to them. Energy is really important to dogs. Plus, dogs can smell our hormones so if we are stressed out, they can smell it. We actually smell better when relaxed and happy. So, to a dog, stress actually stinks.
Do you love to take road trips? Here is what I do to take my dogs and make it fun and enjoyable for all of us. Betty has been on many multi-day road trips with me and she is a great traveling companion. Here are some things that I did with Betty from the beginning that helped ensure that she loved car rides.
I will also post the gear that I use on my resources page.
Make car rides fun and safe. I started by taking Betty on shorter trips. I took her hiking, Home Depot, dog friendly restaurants, and to visit family and friends whenever possible. This helped get her accustomed to riding in the car and she looked forward to going places with me. Most dogs love to go wherever you go so this is pretty easy. I have a special seat belt for her to keep her safe and she always rode in the backseat where she was safest away from airbags. I also have a waterproof pet cover for my rear seat to keep my car nice. I also recommend rubber washable floor mats and a silicone detail brush to clean hair. The one I keep in my car has a pointed edge and reaches in all kinds of places. It comes in really handy to swipe up dog hair.
We started with shorter rides to make sure she wouldn’t get car sick as some dogs get car sick just like some people do. I keep a water bowl and a large jug of water in the car so if its hot or we have been out for a while, I can offer water. I also keep poo bags on hand for potty breaks and I even have a poo vault for when I have full bags and no trash can handy. It seals in the stickiness so your car won’t smell like poo. I’m a pro though so I take poo very seriously.
Obedience training and socializing your dog ahead of time help make them much more enjoyable around other people and other dogs too. Before traveling with a dog, having them understand basic commands like sit, down, stay, leave it, and good walking leash manners will make the trip a lot more successful.
Check with your vet if your dog is due to get their regular check up or vaccinations are due. If you have a dog that gets car sick, check with your vet for recommendations. Bring a copy of their vaccination records with you. If your pet is a service dog or emotional support animal, bring the documentation for this as well.
Practice with longer trips once you know your dog is comfortable with shorter trips. There are a few things that I take on longer or overnight trips. I will bring dog bowls and their current food. I never switch food unnecessarily as this is a recipe for stomach upset. I bring their dog bed. Whenever I need a potty break, I stop somewhere that I can take the dog out for a potty break as well. Plan your trip so that you never leave the dog in the car alone.
I live in an area that has many urban coyotes. Am I afraid? Not really. I am cautious and stay alert. In fact, after researching more about coyotes for this post, I have come to realize that coyotes are very successful predators in most of North America.
In Los Angeles, where I live, coyotes do not stay in the hills and wooded areas. They are also in the suburban and urban neighborhoods. Coyotes are very good at adapting to living among and around humans. We have made the habitat very attractive. They are shy by nature and are extremely good at hiding in plain sight. With the increased use of outdoor cameras and camera doorbells, we are getting more photos and videos capturing these elusive wild animals. This scares a lot of people. These animals should be respected but we can live among them safely. I think it helps to understand them a little.
The scariest element about coyotes is probably their hunting habits. Coyotes adjust their hunting habits to the food available. Coyotes prefer freshly killed meat but will eat carion when fresh meat is not available. In the fall and winter, they will eat fruit and berries as well. When hunting small animals like mice, they will hide and pounce individually. They are great at jumping fences so the average backyard fence in suburban Los Angeles is not high enough to deter a coyote. This means you do not want to leave cats out roaming freely or small dogs unattended in a backyard. They rarely attack humans but a small child in a yard alone could be a target. So, you want to keep an eye on small children. When coyotes are hunting larger prey like deer, they tend to hunt in packs. So, often when you see one, there will be others. When I see them and I am walking a small dog, I pick the dog up and hold it close. Keeping your dogs on leash is important because the last thing you want is your fearless chihuahua to run up to a coyote. If they are on leash, they are much easier to scoop up. I see them most often early in the morning on walks or at sunset.
When coyotes live around populated areas, they tend to be more nocturnal because human activity is naturally terrifying to coyotes. In less populated areas, they will hunt during the daytime. They sleep in quiet rocky areas away from people and household pets.
At night, I can often sometimes hear them howling. It is often at dusk and later. This is how coyotes communicate with each other and defend their territory. It often sounds like there are more coyotes than are actually there. The sound can scare some people because they mistakenly think it is a sign that the coyotes have killed something. This is very unlikely. Hungry coyotes don’t brag about killing something by howling. This would call attention to the competition and coyotes are more discreet. They are usually just communicating with each other. The sound is nothing to cause alarm.
They usually run away as soon as they see you. This is a good thing. You do not want to train them to be complacent around humans. Many experts recommend making yourself appear large and to be loud and intimidating when you cross their path. Carrying a can of pepper spray or bear spray gives me a little extra self defense. Just make sure it is legal in your area. Laws vary regarding pepper sprays. An airhorn or whistle can come in handy too. I keep a whistle on my carabiner that holds my poo bags so it is always handy. A flashlight at night is a good deterrent too. There are also coyote vests that you can put on smaller dogs that work well. The spikes on these help defend against attack.
Therapy dogs, Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) Service Dogs, or family pets... Life is better with dogs. I think everyone should be allowed to have a dog live with them. If it was up to me, they would be allowed in all housing without an additional pet fee or pet rent. I don't think you should have to have a mental health diagnosis to have an emotional support animal. I think we all benefit with dogs in our lives. I know some people have pet allergies or fears. This article is not about people that do not want a dog. I am talking about people that do want dogs. This is for people that love dogs and love living with them while respecting the rights of the people around them. While, I am making my wish list, I would love to see affordable dog obedience classes offered at community centers and senior centers. For those that are confused about the different classifications, clickhere for definitions. It is important to know the legal difference between the classifications covered by the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) so we don't affect the lives of people that are relying on dogs to perform tasks and live life as fully as possible.. For this reason, please never pretend that your dog is a service dog. It really puts a sour taste in most people's mouth. Don't be "that" person.
You're not fooling anyone. You're just being rude and taking advantage of laws designed to protect people that need to have their dogs with them.
As a pet sitter, I meet all kinds of people. I know a stroke patient that can no longer walk her dogs. People with PTSD benefit greatly from the companionship of dogs. I have helped all sorts of people that travel frequently for work. I know firsthand how much dogs
Why should I spay or neuter my dog?
Shouldn't I let nature do its thing and maybe have a litter or two first? Everybody loves puppies. Right?
Why do shelters and rescue organizations require that dogs are spayed and neutered before allowing adoption?
Overpopulation and pet homelessness are the main reasons. For every human child born each day, 7 puppies and kittens are born each day according to the American Humane Society. So, at these current rates, there will never be enough homes for all the dogs and cats born each day. According the the American Society for the Prevention of cruelty, 6.5 million dogs enter shelters each year. Of those animals, only 3.2 million find their way out of shelters and into homes. Because the overpopulation is so excessive, many of these animals will, sadly, be euthanized. The shelters and rescue organizations cannot handle the daily influx at the current birth rates. There simply isn't enough resources or space to care for all of them. One or two litters per dog WILL worsen the problem. But, this isn't the only reason.
The quick answer is to use whatever keeps your dog the safest. And, that will depend on your pet and your circumstances. Here are my favorites for different situations and conditions.
First let's talk about my favorite collar for the average size dog that doesn't pull, doesn't chew on a leash, and has a healthy neck and back. I love a martingale collar for the average easy going pet. A martingale collar is like a combination between a common flat collar with a safety extra. It has an extra loop that cinches in on the neck if the animal is pulling. This is critical because, unlike a regular common flat collar, if a dog pulls backwards while on a walk, there is no slack created. This is a classic move made by escape artist type dogs. If they pull back and do a quick snap of their heads, the collar won't slip over their heads like it will with a regular flat collar. I am not a fan of a regular flat collar for any dog for this reason. I have had way too many dogs try this move. My dog Betty can free herself from a flat collar in about 2 seconds flat.