Jeff Feinman VMD, CVH — Weston, Connecticut — Call: 203.222.7979
A bad habit that many dogs share, jumping up on people is both annoying and dangerous. Unfortunately, its a behavior that can be very self-reinforcing for the dog. Some dogs just like to do it, but most have been rewarded for it often enough that they will try it as a matter of habit, hoping that it’ll get them some attention- even if its negative attention, like yelling at the dog or pushing him off.
If dog owners consistently act in a manner that from the 'dogs point of view' appears to show subservience, submission, fear or subordinance, then over time, the dog will begin to think that he is in fact superior to you.
Aren’t puppies just the cutest? Its hard not to laugh when they’re bouncing around with some stolen prize like a dirty sock (if you’re lucky). It is amazing how quickly things that seem so cute and innocent at 8 weeks are obnoxious and even dangerous a few short months later.