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.
I have a very pretty and smart dog, Betty. I have had Betty for four years now and bathroom accidents were mostly non-existent until this year. We had an occasional accident while traveling or in unfamiliar places when she would get anxious. She can be a high maintenance tightly wound dog at times. In our family, we call her “extra”. But, at home with her regular routine, she’s been a great dog. Around June of this year, Betty got a urinary tract infection. She had accidents daily while suffering from this infection. The bacteria was resistant to antibiotics so she would seem to improve and then several weeks after the medication had been taken the infection would recur. This cycle happened a couple times: bloody urine, trip to the vet, antibiotics, improvement, 3-4 weeks would go by, repeat the cycle. The accidents were the worst during the active infection stage. But, even during the “healthy” weeks in between, there were accidents. So, after this cycle recurred for several months, my dog didn’t act like she was potty trained anymore. An ultrasound was done during the active infection stage to rule out tumors or bladder crystals. She didn’t show signs of anything other than an infection that was antibiotic resistant - which was great news.
So, this is what I did. It took three rounds of antibiotics before Betty was clear of infection. The final course of antibiotics was twice as long as the first two rounds. I cleaned accidents with an enzymatic cleaner to remove the scent of urine. I closed off every room with a door. Basically, if a room had a door, it was a closed door. She got four good long walks daily on a set schedule. Prior to the infections, she was fine with three short walks daily. Now, she needed longer and more frequent walks. At night, I didn’t allow her to roam the house freely anymore. She slept in the bedroom with me and I closed the door. Initially, she slept in her crate. After several days of no accidents, I allowed her to sleep outside the crate successfully. Betty was already crate trained when I rescued her. She is comfortable in her crate and seeks it out for refuge on her own regularly. The first few weeks after her infection cleared, she was fine if I was home. But, when I left for a few hours, if she was uncrated, she would have a big accident. So, I crated her at first when I would leave. That kept her from having accidents. Because my work schedule was light at the time, I could come home every few hours and let her out and hang out with her.
There are also a few things that I tried that didn’t work. I put down pee pads everywhere that she had accidents. She didn’t always use the pee pads. I cleaned up the accidents with regular cleaners and she kept going back to the same spots. Then my little chihuahua started joining her in the same spots. I had never used pee pads in the past so she wasn’t really sure what to do with them initially. I also tried some holistic supplements that had probiotics and pre-biotics to help prevent future infections. I didn’t really see any lasting change or improvements using those. I thought they helped at first but then she would get sick again. However, she was still in the infection cycle when I tried those. I can’t really give an accurate review about them.
It was never determined what caused the infection in the first place. So far, so good though. I can’t help but wonder if she just needed longer more frequent walks? That gives me pangs of the “dog mom” guilt.
I am not a trainer or a veterinarian. I walk and take care of dogs during the day and I love my Betty and Eddie. That is what my perspective is based upon.
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I am a normal dog owner that also does pet dog walking for a living. I am doing the best I can with my dog. I am usually pretty good with dogs. It seems like as soon as we get one thing under control, another issue pops up. I work with my dog every single day and often wish she gave me less to tackle. She is a smart, active, sensitive dog that I love. Some of my neighbors are making it really tough on us right now though and I am pretty frustrated.