TIP #1: IT TAKES A VILLAGE
There's a common misconception that dogs jump on people to establish dominance. Balderdash! Dogs jump on people because there’s something about jumping that is reinforcing for the dog - usually the human attention that results from the jumping. If you want your dog to stop jumping on people, you have to be sure he doesn't get reinforced for it. Here's what you can do to prevent your dog from jumping on people:
Educate. Tell friends, family and even temporary acquaintances what you want them to do if your dog starts to jump up. Insist they not reinforce jumping up behavior - even those friends who claim they don't mind! Educational options include telling them to:
TIP #2: INSTALL AN "OFF SWITCH"
A ball or other toy-crazed dog is sometimes exhausting to watch, and you may think she will drive you crazy if you don't teach her an "off switch" cue.
Using her favorite toy - a tennis ball in this example - to teach her "All done!" means there is absolutely no point in continuing to ask me to throw the ball. This can then translate easily to other situations where you need to tell her that we are done with whatever activity we are engaging in - whether it is play, training, or casual interactions.
Here's how you can install an off switch in your own dog:
You can, of course, use whatever cue you want. But stick with it! Trust me, you will find it well worth the time and effort it takes to teach your persistent dog that enough is enough when you say it is.
- Whole Dog Journal
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI