Whole Dog Journal Tips August 9, 2011

(Proper Greetings #1) Help Your Dog Learn Proper Greetings

There’s a common misconception that dogs jump on people to establish dominance. Balderdash! Dogs jump on people because there’s something about jumping that is reinforcing for the dog - usually the human attention that results from the jumping. If you want your dog to stop jumping on people, you have to be sure he doesn’t get reinforced for it. Here’s a tip to help your dog learn proper greetings:

Train. It’s important to practice polite greetings in the absence of the exciting stimulus of guests and strangers by reinforcing your dog’s appropriate greeting with you and other family members. Be sure to take advantage of the presence of guests and strangers to reinforce your dog’s polite greeting behaviors while you’re managing with leashes and tethers.

For more training tips and advice on how to keep your dog from jumping up on people, purchase Whole Dog Journal's ebook, Proper Greeting: Stop Your Dog from Barking and Jumping when the Doorbell Rings.