Right now, a big beautiful dog is waiting for a devoted and caring family! Love large with $25 adoptions for adult dogs over 40 pounds at our Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center and Ellis County Animal Care Center through December 31st. Come meet your new best friend!
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Jumping up to greet us is a natural behavior for dogs. What we humans do is reinforce the jumping by giving the dog attention for it by either petting or praising, or by getting upset or excited when the dog jumps. Either way, the dog is learning that jumping gets them attention, and attention is just what your dog wants. The solution to changing your dog’s jumping behavior is to teach them an alternate way to greet people and by not reinforcing the jumping behavior.
Puppies learn from being raised in their litter to greet their mother by licking her in the face, particularly on the chin and ears. When puppies get older and spend more time socializing with other dogs and people they will want to greet them the same way. As puppies, this behavior is extremely sweet and endearing but as the dog grows up it becomes unacceptable in greeting situations.
If you have recently acquired your dog or puppy it is important to set the rules and boundaries from the start rather than allowing your dog to practice behaviors that will not be acceptable in the future. If you allow your dog to jump up on you during greetings or during play it will likely be very confusing to your dog if you then do not allow them to jump on others. You must be the teacher for your dog to learn how to greet you and others the same way.
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