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Sit Politely for Petting

Be proactive and teach your dog what you want them to do rather than waiting for them to make the wrong choice. Instead of waiting for them to jump on someone and then telling them "Off", teach them the polite way to greet people.

LEVEL 1

  1. Ask your dog to "Sit" next to you, as if you were going to walk together. HINT: If your dog keeps moving in front of you to Sit, practice next to a wall so they can't swing around.

  2. Have a person walk up to you and say hello to you, ignoring your dog. 

  3. If your dog jumps, the person walks away.

  4. If your dog stays in the Sit OR stands up but does not jump, feed your dog 3 treats in a row (not all the same time). 

  5. When the treats are gone, the person should walk away.

  6. Recruit as many people as possible to practice with you.

Success Criteria

Your dog does not try to jump 5 times in a row.

LEVEL 2

  1. Ask your dog to "Sit" next to you, as if you were going to walk together. HINT: If your dog keeps moving in front of you to Sit, practice next to a wall so they can't swing around.

  2. Have a person walk up to you and, after asking your permission, pet your dog for 3 seconds.

  3. If your dog jumps, the person walks away.

  4. If your dog stays in the Sit OR stands up but does not jump, the person pets them for 3 seconds and then walks away.

  5. Feed your dog a treat when the person leaves.

  6. Recruit as many people as possible to practice with you.

Success Criteria

Your dog does not jump 5 times in a row.

LEVEL 3

  1. Repeat level 2 with the person petting for 10 seconds.

  2. Recruit as many people as possible to practice with you.

Success Criteria

Your dog does not jump 5 times in a row.

Always check in with your dog before letting someone pet them. Even the most friendly dog can have a bad day or get a bad vibe from someone and not want to be petted. Forcing them can set them up to make a costly mistake. Forced petting does not help shy dogs like strangers! 

Getting behind you, crouching down, flattened ears, wide eyes, and growling are all signs that your dog does not want to be petted by this person. Tell them your dog is in training, having a bad day, sick, whatever you choose but the answer is no. Your dog is not the world's petting zoo, and it is OK to say NO, you may not pet my dog.

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1481 Pisgah Church Road, Lexington SC

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