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.