This habit starts when the dog is very young and owners think it’s cute when the tiny puppy jumps up and puts their little paws on their leg. The best course of action is to set your rules early in your dogs life, we create the dog we own. If a client has not set manners early on and the dog is older and bigger it’s still not too late to break this habit. There are are many methods that work, but I usually start with telling my clients to stick their knee out when the dog jumps. No verbal corrections just knee to the chest and ignore. It’s easy to know when the dog is jumping but what we are waiting for is when they come over and look up at us. This is the crucial moment for the owner to reinforce the action with affection or a treat, keep it mellow we don’t want the dog to get too excited. If you miss the small 3 second window the dog will revert back to jumping. Don’t use your hands, they are associated with petting and other positive things only use the knee. This can be implemented to close friends and people that come to the house a lot. When it comes to a stranger, it is the owners obligation to make sure their dog does not infringe on someone’s comfort level. This is just one route of many, an initial
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