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Do You Let Pets Jump Up?

One of my favorite comments from last night's episode of Greatest American Dog came from Laurie's interaction with the other contestants' dogs. While her Maltese, Andrew, is tiny, he's also super mellow and well-behaved. When Presley (Travis's big Boxer) jumped up on her, she seemed shocked and said that wasn't OK with "Auntie Laurie" . . . ha! How do you feel about your pets jumping up on strangers?


HeidiMD HeidiMD 9 years
We work really hard to correct Wyatt's jumping problems. Everyone we know who comes to our house is a "dog person" who could care less if he jumps on them, but it bothers us. He's very highly strung (he's a dalmatian), and he gets carried away and wild. It's not really about the jumping, it's about having him run around the house like a psycho when he shouldn't be. When we adopted him from the rescue, he'd never been disciplined, and we've worked really hard to be consistent with him, but that's not always easy!
verily verily 9 years
My roommate's dog is large and does not just jump in place but jumps all around the freaking place while throwing her paws up in the air. Let's just say it's highly discouraged... But she only does it to me, so I guess I should be honored (and mystified).
shepptacular shepptacular 9 years
After leaving my pup in the care of my friends for 10 days, I came back to find that she was a jumping machine! I truly do not like the jumping and correct her constantly. Her nails are hard and long and it results in my getting scratched. She is always doing it to strangers though which I abhor.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
Stella jumps at people she knows but she is getting better- she just gets so excited! She has never jumped on a child, though- she's very gentle with them.
Catryse Catryse 9 years
My Ruby is only 10lbs so when I do the knee thing I can barely get her...I'll look into the Halti collar but any other suggestions for small poochies??
swertygirl swertygirl 9 years
My Setter doesn't jump... because she's already so tall! But she does go around and around (and around! LOL) in circles, hitting your legs with her tail the whole time (because she's wagging it so hard). Fleurfairy - when your dog is about to jump, put up your knee and sort of "knee" him in the chest. You can also invest in either a Halti collar that can help (it drags his nose down towards the ground), or a Pincher collar (I love my dog's pincher collar). GL!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
This is one of my biggest problems with my dog. He is a jumper. I have to avoid people in the elevator so that he doesn't spring on them. Any tips for getting him out of this awful habit would be appreciated!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
as for laurie: i don't think she's use to real dogs :oy:
chancleta chancleta 9 years
my big boy (black lab) knows better but occasionally gets carried away i'm working on teaching my little guy not to
Catryse Catryse 9 years
When guest come over Ruby gets soooo happy she starts jumping and I really dont like it. I've tried to correct it but nothing works. I just try to hold her back for a little bit until the excitement fades.
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
We constantly have to tell our Wheaten not to jump because we have a lot of kids on our block and while he's very friendly and loves meeting new people, he's just a little big and we don't want him to accidentally knock somebody over or anything... better safe than sorry, I guess.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I hate the jumping, but it's hard to control. People know to expect it when they come and I warn strangers on the street. He's still young so I'm hoping he'll get it down someday.
Ellenora Ellenora 9 years
Zena loves to jump on strangers, but we're trying to teach her to jump only on us, not strangers. I do warn others that she will jump.
Zero_Cool Zero_Cool 9 years
Boxers jump... it's what they do. Believe me, I have a boxer and I have never encountered another that does not jump. They also love to give kisses. I just warn people before I let them in. And I try and make my boxer stay down, but it's pretty pointless... :)
moonlissa moonlissa 9 years
Sadie Grace is incredibly people shy, so when she jumped up on a man at the dog park I was shocked and kinda proud! She will sometimes jump on me, but I am horrible about correcting her. She was so shy with me for so long, that I am just happy she is showing me affection!
wren1 wren1 9 years
This has become a big problem since I've moved into an apartment with an elevator. So many people in my elevator encourage him to do it, so I finally decided to just let him do it sometimes. I can usually tell the people who wouldn't be into it and then I hold him back. I also don't let him do it to me because it bugs me.
cageyme cageyme 9 years
Joe is a big boy and is not allowed to jump on people. Luckily he is good about not jumping up on people. My husband has trained Joe to jump up and put his paws on his shoulders when he snaps his fingers (they are face to face when Joe does this), but that's the only people jumping allowed. :dog:
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Storm jumps on family members but not strangers. Madison doesn't jump at all.
j4everlasting j4everlasting 9 years
Axle is really bad for jumping, and we're working on it. If someone really doesn't want him to jump up though, I tell them to either turn their body from him, or to lift their knee. Newton on the other hand only stands about a foot tall when he's jumping, so I'm not really bother by his jumping, because even on small kids he's smaller and will have to work hard to knock them down.
linb linb 9 years
My dog is small, and she doesn't jump very often anyway, but if she did I wouldn't make a big deal out of it. Not unless I could see that the person she was jumping on did not like it. But most of the time she is just cute and people encourage her to jump more or pick her up.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
my babes is still a puppy so it's REALLY hard to not make her right now because she is full of so much energy and just LOVES meeting new people (espeicalyl kids). We try not to let her jump, but it's hard because people almost want her to because she is still tiny!
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