Written by Scott Foulger
I have a lot of people who bring their dogs to me for obedience training and state that one of the main things they want me to work on with their dog is teaching it not to jump up on people. The dog usually gets excited quickly and jumps up on me, I quickly correct the dog with a stern, “NO”, and rarely the dog will do it again. That correction that I speak of can be a number of things, a quick knee to the body, a shove down, or an E-Collar correction, all with a stern, “NO”. Often, people will sternly say “NO” to their dog when they jump, and the dog continues to jump. If there is not a physical correction along with the “NO”, the dogs will keep doing it.
I then continue to train the dog in other basic obedience and the dog almost never jumps up on me again. If the dog jumps up on my little girl, I also give it a correction with a stern, “NO”, and they rarely jump on her again.
The problem is that when the dog returns to their owner, they almost always jump up on the owners, even immediately. I have come to realize that dogs know exactly whom they can, and cannot jump on. This correction needs to be made by the owners themselves, and if they have young children who can’t make the correction themselves, the correction must also be made by the owner, the dog should not be permitted to jump, especially on children.