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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dog's Proper Greeting

Dogs jump up to greet people because they want to make eye contact and physical contact.  They are not interested in looking at your ankles or knees (smile).
Most dogs have been positively reinforced for jumping up, because it is hard not to pet and talk to a little puppy when they run up with their tail wagging, thrilled to see you, and put their little paws on your ankles.  Their only sin is getting bigger and putting their paws on higher body parts.
We are dealing with normal greeting behavior by dogs that like and love the people they are greeting.  It would be wrong to punish this behavior.  It would also be wrong to prevent the dog from greeting visitors.
Here is how to teach your puppy/dog to greet people (including family members).
  1. Teach the puppy/dog to sit using its food as a lure and reward.
  2. Make sure that you practice the sit command in any area you expect the dog to sit to greet people.
  3. Have the dog confined while you invite the visitor in and get them in a comfortable chair.
  4. Lead the dog, who is on a buckle collar with a leash attached, up to the visitor.  Make sure you hold the collar or lead to prevent the dog from jumping up.
  5. Give the dog the 'sit' command and hand signal.  Have the visitor wait until the dog sits, before gently stroking the dog from head to shoulder while they talk to the dog in a sweet gentle voice for at least one minute. You make sure that the dog does not jump up during this procedure by holding the dog's collar. Your visitor may be leaning over the dog and a broken nose or glasses may result if you don't do a good job!
  6. If the dog does not sit right away, just make sure that nothing happens until the dog sits. The first time you do this, be prepared to wait. As soon as the dog sits and gets the visitors attention as a reward, walk the dog away from the visitor, return and repeat the procedure. The dog is going to be very excited the first time they greet the visitor. The fifth time in a row you walk the dog up to the visitor, the dog is thinking "Gee, it is still Joel." It will be much easier to get the dog to sit with each additional greeting.
  1. If you do this with every family member and every visitor, you will soon have a dog that will sit in front of visitors to get petted and  get their attention.
    The Above Articles are by Joel Walton, BSc
Walton Family Dog Training http://www.pages.prodigy.com/MD/wfdt/wfdt.html
AB-L owner, Pettable-L owner, APDT-L manager
DC/MD/VA 301-855-0355
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