Probably the most common injury I see is not from dog bites- its from excited dogs jumping up on people! Time and time again you will hear people reassure dog owners ‘no it’s fine I like dogs!’. For those who don’t want this behaviour (especially those with larger breeds) owners need to be aware of how to prevent this behaviour from becoming a habit in puppies whilst they’re young. What was once a cute habit in a young puppy can quickly turn into an intimidating and embarrassing greeting from fully grown dogs.
No matter the age of the dog, if this behaviour has become habitual there needs to be a clear and structured communication to break this cycle. I ask the owners here to change their daily habits also. Luckily, with some patience and clear communication there are simple easy ways to help your dog to understand that you would like it to greet people calmly and gently.
Why Does My Dog Do This?
In most cases, the dog has inadvertently been taught to jump and be excited when greeting people. This behaviour is reinforced from a young age as in response to this jumping, you pet has received the attention it craves. Compounding this problem is the fact that dogs naturally love to greet humans at their faces as this is where all the good smells are! This then becomes an issue however, when a fully grown dogs begin charging at guests or jumping on young children. It is not surprising that this behaviour can become a serious concern for many pet owners.
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