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My dog jumps on people…
After being left at home alone, a dog is happy when we come back and wants to say hello. Dogs do this by sniffing each other’s muzzle. This is precisely how our dog wants to welcome us. However, this kind of behavior is usually enjoyable only to the dog. How to teach our doggy to stop this tiresome behavior towards us and our guests? We start with a long walk to let the dog get a bit tired. Next, we leave the house alone for about an hour, taking your dog’s favourite treats with us.  When we come back and the dog starts jumping on us, we say “no” and calmly turn with our back to the dog. When the dog calms down for a moment and stops jumping, we turn and face him, handing him a treat and say “good dog.” We repeat the exercise until the dog calms down. Finally, as a reward, we say hello to him but not very enthusiastically. When the dog stops jumping and reacts to the “no” command, but is still restless, we can raise the difficulty level by greeting him only after the “sit” command or when he calms down by himself. At this point, we greet the dog in a different room than usual. When the dog has learnt to greet all the family members calmly, we can invite other guests to join the training. We inform them precisely how to behave beforehand. The guest should pay no attention to the dog. At first, our helper should stay for about five minutes during which time we ignore the dog all together, no focusing on our helper, either. We end the session when the dog manages to quiet down a bit. Next time, we prolong the exercise and our guest moves around the house. We can also increase the number of people in the house, bearing in mind that no one should pay attention to the dog. In case of an unexpected visit, we isolate the dog in a different room before opening the front door. Remember: while training with family members only, do not invite guests.

Most frequent mistakes:
- lack of consistency in turning away from the dog
- lack of consistency in waiting for the dog to calm down
- repeating the “no” command
- paying attention to the dog
- raising the difficulty level too fast