Labrador Retrievers are one of the most upbeat, energetic and friendly breeds. If they’re not trained properly though, they have a tendency to jump on people when they get excited. And since Labs are relatively large, you definitely won’t enjoy being jumped on. The good thing is, there are a few training techniques that are perfect for breaking this habit.
Start training your Lab when they are young
It’s important to train your Labrador Retriever when they’re still young. If wait too long, you run the risk of your Lab hurting themselves and hurting you as well. A Lab who jumps on everything puts your furniture and household treasures at risk. Also, it’s unsafe for an untrained Lab to be out in public. Why? Well, suppose you’re out for a walk, and someone comes from the opposite direction; if your Lab jumps on them, this could lead to a world of problems.
Exercise your Lab to calm them down
The number one reason that Labs jump on people is that they aren’t getting enough exercise. It’s that simple. Exercise your Lab regularly, and they will be a lot calmer. Labradors were originally bred solely for hunting and retrieving. And even though most Labs today are family dogs, they still have those characteristics. That’s why they’re so energetic. And besides walking, playing fetch is another great way to exercise your Labrador Retriever.
Don’t reward your Lab’s bad behavior
Another way to get your Labrador to stop jumping on you is to stop giving them attention when they do. There are two kinds of attention, positive attention, and negative attention. One reason that your Lab jumps on you is that he or she wants your attention. When your Lab jumps on you, simply give them a flick on the nose. They’ll think of this as negative attention and after a short while they’ll stop jumping on you. But don’t drag out the punishment. Make sure you give them more positive attention than negative attention. For example, whenever they do what you want, pet them, praise them and let them know you love them. While this training may seem difficult, it’s actually not as hard as you might think. Many people find it hard because they wait too long to start it. Puppies are a lot easier to train than adult Labrador Retrievers.