Jumping up on People - visitors, family....
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
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 relaitonships - 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 enriich our lives... they can cause a lot of inconenience and even chaos. In the wild, for the purpose of survival, there is peace and harmony within a pack of dogs where according to conservationsists - conflict within a pack is almost unheard of. Nature knows best, and Nature is always simple. It is man who complicates things.
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