It's just so exciting: Some dogs can’t help but express their joy by jumping on their owners when they come home.
However, such behaviour can be downright painful with big dogs, and problematic if the dog does it to every person it meets.
It can be tough to train your dog out of this behaviour because many people react by leaning down and petting the dog – giving it more encouragement, according to a German animal magazine.
The best response is to turn away or move aside when the dog starts to jump, and owners should ignore their pet at all costs. Only after some time has passed can they once again turn towards the dog and give it the scritches or treat it wants.
It’s important to stick with this response until the dog learns that jumping up is useless. After that, owners can introduce a substitute ritual: A command for “sit” or “paw, ” for example.
The situation’s a bit tougher when the dog jumps on strangers. Owners should try to nip this behaviour in the bud: The best thing to do is call the dog whenever you see a person walking your way, give the dog a treat and then put the leash back on.
This sequence can also become a ritual for the dog, which will start to associate seeing a passer-by with being given a treat. – dpa