One of the first things your dog will do, especially if itís a puppy, is jump up on you and on everyone who gives it attention.
The animal is only trying to get close and establish eye contact, but itís best to discourage this behavior. You donít want it jumping up when it has muddy feet, for instance, but you canít expect the animal to understand whatís wrong with muddy feet. A big dog jumping up on an elderly or frail person, or a child, even in the friendliest way imaginable, can hurt. So youíll want to teach your pet to keep all four feet on the ground when interacting with you or other people.
Here are the recommended ways to teach a dog not to jump up:
1. Step lightly on its hind toes.
2. Bump it gently in the chest with your knee.
3. Grasp its front paws and push it backward so it is off balance.
Any of these should be accompanied by the command, ďNo!Ē Then, after the dog gets down, walk away and ignore it for a few minutes.
After a moment, when youíre sure your pet has got the message and has stayed down, pat and praise it. Remember, be consistent. Donít confuse the dog by letting it jump up just this once, and then pushing it down and saying, ďNo!Ē the next time. And donít give up.
Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Patricia Curtis. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002).