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It's the rare and fortunate person who adopts a puppy that doesn't jump up to greet everyone within a two-mile radius! Many people teach a beautiful "off" behavior where the puppy jumps, the person says "off," the puppy goes to the floor, and then the puppy is praised or rewarded in some way for getting off. Sometimes it's possible to teach a puppy to sit in order to receive attention, but this is asking a lot of an excited ball of fur that can barely contain herself!
It's essential to begin rewarding before the approaching person is too close to your puppy, otherwise the puppy will jump before you have a chance to click and treat. In training, keep making the task more difficult, little by little, by making the situation more and more exciting. One of the challenges that puppy parents face is an approaching person who loves having an adorable little puppy jump on him. The better you are at clicking and treating before a jump has occurred, the faster your puppy will learn.
There is one other exercise that you can do with your puppy that can help her stay calm enough to remain on the floor in an exciting situation. By keeping her paws on the floor throughout all these exercises, your puppy will not only be rewarded with treats, but she'll get the attention she craves. Unless a puppy is particularly shy, there is nothing more exciting than meeting people or, better yet, greeting people she already loves. The intention of jumping is to get our attention; therefore, just looking at a jumping puppy is a payoff in her mind. Because we tend to focus on what our puppies are doing wrong, we forget to let them know what they are doing right.
Even if we drop our expectations a bit, it is still possible to be successful in teaching a puppy to greet politely. Once your puppy has jumped, she has practiced the undesirable behavior (practice makes perfect!) and you are no closer to your goal.


Ask the visitor to kneel down with your puppy and interact with her quietly, as shown in the video. Let's face it, when you are walking a puppy you are a magnet for people who want to interact with your adorable pet!
Soon you will find yourself with a puppy that jumps so that you'll say "off" and reward that beautiful off.
Puppies need something else to do in place of the jumping, something that will get them the attention they so desperately crave. In the sidebar video, we work with Emma, a black English Lab puppy that adores everyone she meets.
As the person kneels, you may discover, as we did with Emma, that it helps to continue clicking and treating until the puppy is calm, even with a person on the ground much closer to her. If at any point your puppy manages to jump, simply turn away and ignore her, then start over, making it a little easier for her to succeed.
With time and practice, the treats will no longer be necessary every single time your puppy (soon-to-be larger dog!) greets someone. As soon as someone approaches your puppy, start clicking and treating your puppy for being on the floor, just as we do with Emma in the video. After you've practiced for a while, you will be able to watch for your puppy's body to tense up in anticipation of jumping.
I don't mind." Rather than trying to address this claim, ask your puppy's new friend to help you train her. Entering a room where a puppy is waiting, there is often a flurry of happy activity—as though your puppy has been alone for the past three days instead of only three minutes! Start out moving slowly, and gradually increase the level of excitement until you are able to run around the room with your puppy without her jumping on you when you stop. It is our job to help puppies understand that we would prefer that they keep their little paws on the floor.


To satisfy the first part of the process of eliminating the reward for jumping, puppies need to be ignored each time they jump. It's easier to get the necessary buy-in if the person you encounter feels that he is being included in the training process rather than restricted from interacting with your irresistible puppy. Whenever you enter a space where your puppy is waiting for you excitedly, be ready to click and treat for those paws on the floor.
At the start of the interaction, click and treat frequently, but as your puppy gains some semblance of self-control, you may slow down the rewards.
If your puppy is behind a baby gate, click and treat paws on the floor until your puppy is calm enough for you to enter.
With a little practice, you'll find that you have to go out of your way to approach excitedly in order to create a situation that is likely to result in a jump.
Practice going in and out of the room, clicking and treating for paws on the floor over and over again so that your puppy can practice offering you this good behavior.
If you reward her each and every time for staying down, your puppy will eventually choose not to jump at all. Sarah is also director of the Foster Dog Alliance, a program that assists people who foster dogs for rescues and shelters in order to make their dogs more adoptable through positive training. She finds herself constantly and happily surrounded by puppies in her numerous puppy classes for residents of the DC metro area.



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