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Jumping Puppies! Tip of the day

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Unless you’ve said so, a dog should never be allowed to jump on a human! If your dog is jumping on people it is saying “I don’t respect this person”. When a dog jumps on a person it is not greeting it, as we’d like to think… it is displaying dominance. When a young puppy jumps on a person it may be trying to get to the face to lick. Puppies need to learn not to jump because as they grow older, the jumping can lead to the dominance.
Not only can this be annoying, it can also be dangerous! Even our toy breeds can catch us off guard!
Jumping dogs can dirty people’s clothes, cause painful scratches and even tear clothing.
Have you ever been to a park where a pet owner has a puppy that is jumping up on everyone and the owner is not correcting the behavior? The puppy’s owner thinks that just because it is a puppy that the behavior is cute and okay.
Meanwhile the other people are becoming annoyed, dirtied by the paws and frankly, irritated with not only the puppy but with the puppy’s owner as well! Puppies need to be told from day one “No Jumping!” Anything you don’t want your full grown dog to do should be taught when it is a puppy or you may have trouble ahead. 
Dogs need consistency so in order to teach him correctly not to jump, it cannot be just on you…. It must be corrected on friends, family and all people the dog has contact with. If you only correct him when he jumps on you but no one else, you will cause confusion in the dog.
So how to stop the jumping?
Claim you space! Space and balance are important to a dog. When a dog is jumping up on you he is claiming your space, aka…. Dominating. So when the dog jumps you must step INTO that space. Claim your space! Picture a circle around your comfortable body space and then don’t allow anyone through it. Do this by stepping sideways into the dog. Shoulders towards him. You may not have time to turn and that’s okay! 

If you are unable to turn quickly enough then step into him straight on. By stepping into the dog, it will catch him off guard and likely throw him off balance. This is a very uncomfortable feeling for the dog. Although you are not trying to knock the dog down, this may happen. Don’t worry… a dog can withstand a lot of physicality without causing harm! You are not trying to cause abuse, your are simply and calmly claiming your space and in return setting the dog slightly off balance so he cannot complete his jump. 

Soon the dog will learn that this is NOT fun and soon you will earn his respect you and keep your space to yourself!
Thanks pet friends!

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