Big or small, all dogs can get used to jumping on people, both known and unknown. But there are solutions. Some dogs learn quickly, others require more time.
Try your hand at our tips!
1) Act in time
You know your dog. You know what it looks like, how it moves, the second before it has to rush forward and jump. This is when you should act when the dog is thinking but has not had time to do so. Place the arm in front of the dog’s chest and front legs, step in front, steer away, brake with voice and body. The secret is to read the dog’s signals. There is no dog that can mask the signals that tell it to do within seconds what it is currently planning to do. Read the dog so you can stop before it happens.
2) Talk to people
Talk to all the people you and the dog might meet. Those who sooner or later come to visit, of course, but also neighbors, the postman, the children on the street, yes as many as possible. What you say to them is:
“The only way to get my dog to stop jumping is for you not to even look at it. No attention at all. Pretend my dog doesn’t exist. The slightest signal from you can trigger hope. Help me get rid of the problem! ”
Exactly that, the less focus an oncoming person has on the dog, the less motivated the dog becomes to carry out a “Here I am, love me-hope”.
Have something nearby that can distract the dog. Candy of course but also a toy, chewing gum, or something else you know your dog likes. If you act in time and slow down the dog, you can quickly distract/reward with something coveted. Then the dog learns even faster that it benefits from interrupting the thought of hope.
4) One is not all
In the beginning, you have to work the same way all the time when the dog intends to jump on someone, no matter who. Otherwise, just teach the dog not to jump on certain people. But when you have done the same thing with many different people, the knowledge settles, then the dog understands that that rule applies to everyone.
Your most difficult task is to be consistent from now on. Jumping is always wrong. Otherwise, the dog learns that it is forbidden sometimes but okay now and then.