Jumping up on People - visitors, family....
Jumping up on People - visitors, family....Dogs jump on people when their adrenalin levels are up. The more we try to discipline them, thump them in their chest, tell them "No!" etc., the more adrenalin surges we cause in our dog's central nervous system. If they do stop jumping on us, it is because they are now scared we ar going to shout at them or punish them again. So they just go and jump on someone weaker, or on us again when our back is turned. Because dogs learn by example, our dog has not learnt not to jump, he has learnt to abuse.
What we do not realise is - dogs don't command each other. They are therefore not equipped to receive commands. But dogs bark, and a bark is a sharp loud outburst, which, in the wild is a call to the kill, which causes adrenalin to spread through the pack like wild fire. So telling our dog not to jump on a visitor causes reflex adrenalin surges that cause him to jump all the more, which cause us to "bark" all the more…
The solution to the problem of jumping on visitors, knocking children over, jumping up on us... is to bring down our dog's adrenalin levels, which is what Natural Dog Training teaches us.
It simply involves removing the source of the adrenalin (commands, for example). This is done very simply and very naturally, involving no punishment, drugs or obedience training - simply by understanding what "makes dog's tick".
The "need" for commands then automatically falls away. Our dog is then beyond trained - he is rehabilitated. Which is very simple, once the dog's instincts are fully understood.
And because we have not had to resort to thumping our dog, threatening him with a rolled up newspaper, traumatizing (or entertaining) him with spray bottles, loud sounds.... we have not lost his (all important) trust and respect. Which are vital in all healthy relationships - and that is what dog owning: a relationship. Naturally! Otherwise why own a dog? Dogs are are a lot of work and expense - so if our dog does not enrich our lives... they can cause a lot of inconvenience and even chaos. In the wild, for the purpose of survival, there is peace and harmony within a pack of dogs where according to conservationists - conflict within a pack is almost unheard of. Nature knows best, and Nature is always simple. It is man who complicates things.