Have hi on a leash..preferably a choke collar. When he starts to jump on anyone give it a quick snap down toward the ground and tell him firmly 'down!" After alot of repetition he will get the idea....does he know the sit command. Can also place him in a sit and have the person come through the door while on his lead and make him maintain his sit until he is calm. Also do not allow anyone to give him attention of any kind while he is excited. They shouldnt pet him until he is in a sit and calm.
Obedience Training. It is best that when your dog jumps on you to tell the dog "NO" and than "Sit" and help the dog to sit, once sitting tell the dog good dog and give a treat, than let them get up if they jump again do the same thing, and repeat this until the dog stops jumping. Start this on leash, and work your way off. To help speed the process up play a game with your dog, have a treat, something very yummy, and put it in front of your dogs nose and bring it towards you and guide the dog into a sit, give the treat when the dog does it right, than do it again, and again, and agian, the dog will start to run up to you and sit, lots of praise during this training. I am a dog trainer, and I have corrected many jumping problems with this type of training. Hope this helps.
I would recommend using the word "off" this way the dog doesn't get confused with the "down" command which means to lay down.
***Edited By: GSDgirl on 1/11/2007 12:32:58 AM*** Reason: *
Okay, you'll probably think I'm crazy but here goes... one of our dogs is an excitable "jumper" too & I came across this "trick" totally by accident. Our guy is SOOO excitable & used to nail us whenever we got ready to go anywhere, tried to get out our gate, or whatever, & I swear his brain would go into "tilt" & nothing would "click" with him when he was like that. One day, quite by accident when he nailed me heavily in the chest I made a high pitched noise, like a high pitched "BOOP", a combination of him knocking the breath out of me & surprise I guess (????). I was awestruck! Spanky slinked away from me looking over his shoulder, apparently totally convinced he had hurt me terribly. A few more "BOOPS" when he got too excitable, too brain-tilted, & now all it takes is a stern finger pointing to calm him down! I only used the "BOOP" in extreme cases of excitability because it momentarily distressed him so but ONLY momentarily after which he would happily return to me for loves & reassurance all was well - but withOUT the jumping! - Yea!
***Edited By: Lucky Lady on 1/11/2007 2:56:36 AM*** Reason: Noticed misspelled word after I posted
Lets look at the reasons that the dog is jumping in the first place. And its not becasue the dog is evil or something. OFF, SIT,or down only works if the dog has been trained to recognise the word in the first place. SO screaming OFF only works if the dog has been trained. Lets keep in mind dogs don't speak english. The fact that eventually you get the dog to do what you want because youve screamed and choked it is becasue youve scared it into submission. Its probly not the greatest idea(depending on the breed) to associate being corrected and yelled at and strangers and such. The reason for the jumping is totally normal greetings, its not the dogs fault that our faces are higher up and that someone has actually in the past, been rewarding the animal for jumping up in the first place.Even if that reward is supposed to be punishment. And sometimes it takes time for the behavior to develope so don't expect it to disappear in a short period of time. First desensitize and train on a gentle leader, then practise walking and running up to people, ask the person or poeple to wait till the dog settles and sits, and then reward the animal. The dog will learn faster if he sits on his own, learning that sitting will get the response I want.(This takes an owner that is patient and calm.) Treat this like the game Monkey in the middle, have two people face eachother and be about 5 meters apart and go back and forth, and one person leading the dog on lead. Make sure the treats are unforgetable. Also around the house, only associate with the dog if it sits first, then pet his head, no free attention. If the dog jumps up on you, fold away your arms and look away, wait for the behavior you want (sitting) and when you get it, come to life and reward those behaviors. The other way of training is out of date and cruel, Were the ones with the brains and have asked these animals to live with us, its our responsibility to learn how to properly handle a dog.