Coming home is always an exciting moment for your dog, even if you were only gone 2 minutes to grab something upstairs. It's easy to also get excited and speak in a high pitch tone when greeting your dog. To exhibit you are the leader and to promote a well-behaved dog, here are some easy actions you can take when greeting him.
When you first come home, ignore your dog in order to calm him down. Dog behaviorists suggest you turn your back and ignore your dog for at least 5 minutes. This allows him to settle down. If your dog jumps on you, they are trying to show dominance. You need to exert that you are the leader of the pack by not letting him jump on you.
Once your dog has settled down, ask him to sit and greet him in a calm voice. We have the tendency to also get excited when we get home and speak in a high pitched tone, which only excites the dog more.
If your dog starts getting excited again and barks or nips, pull away until he is calm again. If you have multiple dogs (like us) it's a good idea to greet each one individually. We have run into the issue where they all try to jump on us at once. It was cute at first, however, we are also trying to eliminate this poor behavior. We also don't want one dog to feel less loved, so once they're all settled and sit down, we give each one some affection separately.
Unfortunately eliminating a bad habit, like this one, will take some practice. It's best to try and start teaching these behaviors when your dog is a puppy. If you have a bigger breed, you don't have an 80-pound dog jumping on you or others as he gets older. It can be tough not to excitingly greet your dog and speak in a high pitch voice, however, it will eliminate bad behavior moving forward and re-establish you as the leader.
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