Probably the most common injury I see caused by dogs is not from aggressive dog biting- its from overly aroused dogs jumping up on people. Time and time again you will hear people reassure dog owners ‘no its fine I like dogs!’. This behaviour, in my opinion, is not acceptable and should be discouraged from day one. This means owners need to be aware of how to prevent this behaviour from becoming habitual in puppies whilst they’re young, or understand how to effectively correct the behaviour. What was once a cute and celebrated habit of puppies quickly turn into a 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. This means that the dog is no longer greeted at the door, is not allowed to say hello to people without a signal from you and sticks to a training schedule with guidance from myself. 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. 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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