Keeping Your Dog Safe and Healthy During the Cold Winter Months

It’s here — winter, the season of ice, snow, wind, and endless gray skies. But with proper protection, you and your dog can enjoy all the best of what winter has to offer.  The fact is that being outside is important for a dog’s health and well-being. But the question is how cold is too cold, how snowy is too snowy, and how wet is too wet?

About Winter Temperature

Different dogs have different tolerances for cold weather – think Huskies and Malamutes that thrive in the cold, while poor short hair breeds like Boston Terriers and Greyhounds shiver when you might think it’s a balmy winter day.  In addition, the smaller the dog, the less able to deal with winter weather, while bigger, hairier breeds do much better.

Here’s the general rule: When the temperature drops to 45 degrees, keep a close eye on your dog when outside. At this temperature, smaller, older, and unhealthy dogs may begin to shiver or tremble slightly. When the temperature reaches 32 degrees is when many dogs will start to whine, cry, shiver, and refuse to move. Once the temperature drops to 20 degrees or below, true danger, such as hypothermia or frostbite, can set in.

About Various Weather Conditions

Besides temperature, there are other weather factors that can negatively affect your dog. These include the following.

Wind chill: 

For those of us in northern climates, wind chill is a part of our daily winter lives. It is also a part of the life of our dogs. Cold temps coupled with winter winds can create an overall perilous situation for you and your dog.


Heavy, wet snow and rain are simply uncomfortable and can result in both of you catching a nasty chill. On the other hand, there is nothing more lovely than walking through the woods when light, fluffy snow is falling. 

Gray days

A temperature of 32 feels the same, whether the sun is shining or not, right? Wrong! A cloudy, gray day at 32 degrees will feel markedly colder than the same on a bright, sunny winter day.

About Other Factors

  • Moving: A dog moving briskly generates its own body heat
  • Coat type:  Dogs with double-layered coats adapt most easily to cold conditions.
  • Coat color: This one may surprise you – darker coats absorb heat from sunlight, keeping them warmer than dogs with lighter-colored coats.
  • Size: Simply put, small dogs just don’t have enough skin to give them insulation against the cold.
  • Weight: Be careful with this one> Just like us humans, the more body weight, the warmer in cold weather. Same with your dog but being overweight is not the place you want him to be.
  • Cold is cold, right? Wrong. The first cold of the season makes all creatures feel colder than the same temperature later in the season.
  • Older and Unhealthy Dogs: This is no surprise, for sure. Neither older nor unhealthy dogs should be exposed to cold temperatures at all.

About What Happens in the Cold

  • Arthritis: Cold weather can exacerbate the pain for a dog with arthritis.
  • Hypothermia: Hypothermia can range from mild to severe with symptoms that include shivering, weakness, stiffness, and breathing irregularity. Hypothermia warrants an immediate call to the vet.
  • Frostbite: The most likely places a dog can get frostbite are the bottom of its paws, the ail, or the ears.
  • Salt: Avoid walking your dog on salted areas, but if that is unavoidable, be sure to wipe his paws off when you return home.

About Protection

So, what are the rules of the winter road to keep your dog protected? Read on:

  1. Limit the time he spends outdoors – shorter walks, quicker potty breaks in the yard, etc.
  2. Limit baths: 1 or 2 each winter is plenty.
  3. Dress her up: Purchase a coat or sweater to wear when outside.
  4. Consider dog boots: Many dogs won’t tolerate this, but if yours will, they provide excellent foot protection.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Dog

Wags and Rich’s: The ultimate WAR on aversive training techniques

Ponder these 2 scenes:

Scene 1: A wild-acting dog that jumps on every human in reach, that bites, tears your house apart, constantly escapes from the yard, fights with other dogs, and never comes when called.

Scene 2: A dog that sits calmly when new people enter the home, gets along with other dogs, never pulls, always walks on a loose leash, and pays attention to you despite other interesting stuff going on.

A well-trained dog is a pleasure for everyone – you, your guests, strangers on the street, and anyone else he meets. But training takes work. A class is the perfect place to start – and we welcome you to join one of ours — but a class is only as good as your commitment to doing the post-class work necessary to maintain what you and your dog learned.

The Basics

Basic obedience training gives your dog a way to behave that thrusts him into a never-ending happy dance because he always knows what’s expected of him. In our Wags to Rich’s Obedience classes, you’ll learn to teach your dog these behaviors:

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Down
  • Off
  • Leave it
  • Drop it

The Shhh Behaviors

But what about the behaviors no one wants to talk about? Call them cute, call them quirky, call them funky, but whatever you call them, you want your pup to stop them. If your dog does any of the following, you are not alone. We can help you and your dog turn over a New Year’s leaf, and we promise to never tell a soul!

Embarrassing Behavior #1 – Humping

Picture this: you are out for coffee with a friend, and you’ve brought your fearless Fido along for the ride. Only Fido doesn’t sit passively while you and your friend sip and chat. To your horror, Fido sees your friend as prime humping territory. It’s hard to tell who’s more humiliated, you or your friend, but one thing’s for sure, you two will never have coffee together again.

Embarrassing Behavior # 2 – Sniffing

Well, let me clarify this one. Dogs sniff. Dogs need to sniff. Dogs sniff to make sense of their world and surroundings. But when your dog is a proverbial crotch sniffer, well, that’s the epitome of embarrassment for you and more embarrassing for the respective crotch owners.

Embarrassing Behavior # 3 — Toilet Drinking

This one is really bad when the bathroom door is left open, the toilet lid up, and the toilet bowl, shall we say, is not empty.

Embarrassing Behavior # 4 — Guest Jumping

Since it’s the holidays, here’s the scene. Your long-lost cousin has done an over-the-river-and-through-the-woods thing and arrives at your door, arms laden with presents. Guess what Fido’s first move is? Yep – here’s hoping there was nothing breakable in those presents and that your cousin doesn’t sue you for your dog’s negligent behavior.

Embarrassing Behavior # 5 – Licking, Everything!

Dogs lick, but let’s say there are lickers and then there are serious lickers. Dogs lick for a number of reasons including to calm, soothe and reduce anxiety for themselves. But some dogs just want to keep on licking – furniture, blankets, human bodies. A dog who won’t stop licking needs to get control of his tongue.

Granted, this discussion has been a bit on the tongue-in-cheek side, but whatever your dog’s issue is, we can help. Think New Year’s resolutions, think Wags to Rich’s and Wags and Riches – the ultimate WAR on aversive training and behavioral techniques.

Dog Park vs. Doggy Daycare: Which is Best for Your Dog?

An active dog is a happy dog, and the best way to provide healthy, robust exercise is for him to play with other dogs. Dog parks and dog daycares are two of the most popular places where dogs can play with other dogs. But is one better than the other for dogs? Read on to see what I think.

Doggy Day Care

Exploding in popularity since the pandemic, a doggy daycare provides your dog with the mental and physical stimulation he needs to be healthy and happy. Playing with other dogs in this setting is generally supervised by trained and experienced handlers.

Here are some facts about the dog daycare business that may surprise you:

  • New York state was the home of the first doggy daycare, which was opened in 1986
  • Approximately 19 million dogs attend doggy daycare every month.
  • A major growth industry, this segment of the pet care services industry accounts for $4.5 billion in yearly revenue. Compare this to a total of $6 billion spent on all dog services each year.
  • The cost of doggy daycare ranges from $29 to $46 per day.
  • More than 4,000 doggy daycare businesses exist in the U.S. today.

Why Doggy Daycare?

So, if you are thinking of daycare for your dog, here’s why it’s a great choice.

  • Socialization: It’s important for their well-being and overall confidence for dogs to play with other dogs.
  • Mental stimulation: A busy mind keeps dogs out of trouble.
  • Activity: Staying active is an antidote for anxiety and boredom.
  • Exercise: Exercise keeps dogs healthy.
  • Affection and attention: If you have indeed chosen the right daycare your dog will be well taken care of with plenty of affection and attention.
  • Professional handlers: A quality daycare hires only well-trained handlers.

Why Wags to Rich’s?

However, what’s the most important feature of doggy daycare is the expert monitoring, supervision, and planning that goes into making sure that not only dogs have fun, but that they also stay safe. And, as with any exponentially exploding business sector, such as dog daycare, there are the great ones and the not-so-great ones. Here at Wags, we pride ourselves on being one of the great ones!

We welcome you to come see why.

Take a Tour

Arrange an appointment to tour our facility. You’ll be greeted by a friendly, positive staff member who will take you around and show you everything. Any competent daycare should include the following, and at Wags, you’ll find outstanding examples of:

  • Cleanliness: Everything is sparkling clean and fresh smelling – no offensive odors
  • Safety: Electrical devices, cords, and wires are well out of reach
  • Air and ventilation: There are plenty of windows and a clean-air ventilation system
  • Staging area: The entrance/exit is set up so that only one dog can enter and exit at a time
  • Floor surfaces: The floor surfaces are safe and sturdy

Dog Grouping

Dogs in any group situation should be matched according to ability and temperament. Here at Wags, we use a full behavioral assessment to determine the best and safest placement for your dog. Not only do competent daycare facilities do this, but sometimes they may decide that a dog is not ready for the rigors of daycare.

This is one of the strengths of our program. If a dog doesn’t appear to be able to handle our program, we will suggest he undergo some training before going through another assessment.

Health Requirements

All customers are required to show that their pet has been fully inoculated with papers from their respective veterinarians. If any dog shows symptoms, such as diarrhea or vomiting, they can’t come back to daycare until they are fully healed. The same is true for any injuries that prevent them from being able to fully participate in regular playing with other dogs.


Proper staffing is a must for a well-running daycare and a positive experience for your dog. Here are the key questions about staffing. When you tour our facility, check out:

  • How many staff are on duty and watching dogs?
  • Ask about our comprehensive staff training.
  • Ask about it and check out our first aid kit.
  • Talk to some staff members about their passion for dogs

Emergency Plans

No one likes to think about an emergency that puts their precious friend in danger, but the fact is, danger is always a possibility, and a daycare under consideration needs to have a solid emergency plan in place. Beyond basic first aid, the daycare should also have an emergency medical plan for serious injuries and illnesses. It should also have an evacuation plan in case of fire, earthquake, or other natural disasters. In addition, find out how they will contact you in case of any emergency.

Here at Wags, we do indeed have emergency plans in place including our 24/7 security cameras that are always on inside and out. In addition, the staff is well-versed on exit procedures should the need arise.

Behavior Handling

You certainly want to ask, but here is also where your tour comes in with valuable information. Our training and handling techniques are based on rewarding good behavior and avoiding any aversive techniques.

After you’ve gone ahead and enrolled your pup, you’re about to get a highly socialized, physically fit, and boredom-free member of your home.

Dog Park

Now for a discussion on dog parks and how they compare to doggy daycare.

The concept of the dog park sounds wonderful – a place for dogs to run, romp and play with other dogs, and return home exhausted. Good for the owners, and good for the dogs, right? Let’s just say not so fast.

Some facts about dog parks:

  • Everyone thinks that the east and west coasts are the most dog-friendly areas of the country, and it’s true they are the home of many dog parks. However, the parks in this area have been shown to be the dirtiest and most dangerous in the U.S.
  • Like doggy daycares, dog parks have also grown by leaps and bounds. Since 2009, there has been a 40% increase in the number of dog parks across the country.
  • More than 1 in 7 dogs have been attacked in a dog park

Why Not Dog Parks

With the tremendous growth of dog parks comes the ever-growing caution against them by professional trainers. I am one of those trainers. Here are a few of the reasons I am not a fan (to say the least).

Irresponsible Owners

When you come to our daycare, you can bet on the fact that your dog will be cared for by a trained and professional staff who always keep their eye on the dogs. At the dog park:

  • All it takes is one owner with a wild, untrained dog to wreak havoc with the other dogs and set the pack mentality into a dangerous frenzy.
  • Owner social time: at some parks, it’s all about a social gathering for the owners – another instance where dogs are potentially being ignored and serious trouble can ensue.

Socializing, or Not

The big hype about dog parks is that they provide exercise and socialization for dogs. All good, right? Consider this: a young pup or fearful dog is suddenly thrust into a situation with some aggressive dogs. You can bet this puppy or fearful dog just had his socialization quotient destroyed around other dogs.


Most dog parks only have one big area for the dogs to play, which means small dogs, big dogs, timid dogs, young dogs, bully dogs, and old dogs are all in together. At our daycare, scrutiny is paid to which dogs should be grouped with which others, and if any changes need to be made, our pro handlers can make an immediate change.

Injuries and Illnesses

Because dog parks typically don’t have separate enclosures, injury is a constant problem, ranging from relatively minor bite wounds to dogs actually being killed. Chances are most owners are unequipped to deal with a serious injury.

Disease is another major problem. Most parks require all dogs to be immunized, but there is rarely anyone around to check. Kennel cough is a common issue that quickly spreads among dogs. New illnesses are also springing up, such as the gastrointestinal illness that recently started in Michigan and rapidly spread to other states. At Wags, we require immunization records, and we study them to ensure their currency.


Finally, dog parks lack the other professional features of doggy daycare. These include:

  • No staff
  • No behavioral assistance
  • Questionable facilities
  • Often inappropriate handling of dogs by owners


Although I am the owner of a reputable doggy daycare and training facility, Wags to Rich’s, I think I’ve presented enough factual information here so you can make your own decision on whether it’s a daycare or a dog park for your pet.

Is Medication Necessary for Your Dog?

Is your dog’s behavior a matter of quirkiness or a need for medical intervention in the form of medication?

Determining whether a dog really needs medication is serious business and requires help from a combination of your veterinarian and a certified animal behaviorist. Plus, before medication, it’s essential to first, ensure your dog is getting enough exercise, which will increase the positive impact of the neurotransmitters in his brain. And second, make sure your dog receives training from a certified behavioral consultant.

If we look at some behaviors, in general terms, that may benefit from medication, they include:

  • Severe separation anxiety where the behavior ends up hurting the dog and/or destroying things in the home.
  • Noise phobia, where thunderstorms, fireworks, and even everyday neighborhood noises, like the garbage truck cause fear and anxiety.
  • Overall anxiety and fear for odd, basic normal things, which can either cause extreme timidity or unexpected aggression
  • Obsessive-compulsive type behaviors such as foot licking or pacing.

Let’s look at some examples of dogs I’ve worked with who ended up needing medication to help them feel better as well as modify their behavior so that good things happen.

Take the case of Sophie. She is a tiny, 14-pound Boston Terrier who I worked with in the home and in a class setting. She was rescued at age 9 months from an Amish puppy mill and was terrified of noise, new people, and the man of the house. At home, she basically terrorized this man to the point where he was held hostage in various rooms while she barked, screamed, growled, and ultimately bit him a bunch of times. On the other hand, she was extremely bonded to the adult human female of the home.

I went to Sophie’s home several times and taught her owners positive reward techniques for Sophie’s various triggers, such as when the man went through the baby gate to leave the kitchen, and when he was cooking in the kitchen – 2 of her major meltdown times.

Her owners asked me about putting her on a medication, specifically Prozac. Sophie went on Prozac and together with behavior modifications by her owners, things improved somewhat, but her owners were concerned about having her on Prozac long-term. They decided to wean her off, using the process recommended by their vet. It turned out that the less Prozac, the more aggressive she became.

The poor little dog could not control what was going on in her brain. She was put back on Prozac and she improved once again. However, a major caveat. Prozac was no magic bullet for Sophie, and she still needs lots of exercise and a commitment by her owners to continue working on the behavior modification techniques we discussed.

Enter Flash. His name fit this boy perfectly because he was everywhere. Another adopted soul, he evidently came from an abused situation and was now a pure and complete wreck in new situations and with strange people in the home. I also visited the home to work with Flash and his owners, and he was a wild thing when I first arrived, but after some calming exercises, he settled beautifully. Then I urged his owners to bring him to class. They did, and he basically exploded! He was a wreck and could not focus on anything for the first few classes.

Before the class, I talked with his owners and said that Flash might benefit from some calming medication, and I specifically suggested trazodone to take the edge off. They spoke with their vet about this, and he was put on a low dose of the drug which did indeed take the edge off. He began to focus more in class though he remained an “everywhere” sort of fellow.

However, Flash remains very afraid of the vet, and has demonstrated some aggressive behaviors to cope with his fear, so much so that the vet will now only treat him in the parking lot. 

A third case involves Buster. Buster, a 9-year-old male Husky whose person was interested in taking classes with Wags to Rich’s from a recommendation from a friend who had used our services. While talking on the phone we couldn’t decide which class would be best since she has been to many other trainers, and nothing seemed to have helped as of yet. So, we agreed on a meet and greet at the training center.

When Buster came into the room he cowered all along the back wall and urinated all the way into the corner of the room and he was so scared he couldn’t even look at anyone even though they were 50 feet away. The owner of this poor boy said he’d been like this since he was just 8-weeks old, which clearly indicated to me that there was something going on in his brain.

I asked them if they’d tried any medication, to which they answered no. So, they went to their vet and asked about putting him on Prozac. This they did, and 4 weeks later, that previously fearful dog came into the same training center and greeted everybody there with a wagging tail and body, excited to be there.

The only downside here was that his owners said they felt terrible that their boy had suffered needlessly for 9 years.

When it comes to medication, please know that this is not the magic bullet that will solve all your problems. There are so many reasons why dogs behave the way they do, and each dog deserves humans who will take the time and employ the resources to understand him before thinking medication will just be a quick fix. It won’t.

The Nose Knows

The nose knows, and nothing could be truer about our canine buddies. Consider the following.

  1. Fact: In addition to its amazing smelling function, a dog’s nose is also his breathing mechanism.
  2. Fact: Dogs’ ability to smell is 100,000 times greater than that of humans.
  3. Fact: Dogs can tell when and where things happen through their noses.
  4. Fact: Some breeds do not smell as well as other breeds.
  5. Fact: What dogs can do with their noses is incredible!

Dog Noses Have a Greater Smelling Capacity

Here’s why dogs have such exquisite smelling abilities. Their noses have 300 million olfactory receptors while their human friends (us) have just 5 million receptors. Dogs also have a “second nose” which is located near the roof of the mouth. This organ transmits different signals to the brain, resulting in a keen sense for finding mates as well as for puppies in finding the source of their mother’s milk. In addition, would you believe that a dog’s brain handles olfactory signals 40 times that of the same function in the human brain?

Double Duty: Smelling and Breathing

That’s right. A dog’s nose can perform the amazing duty of breathing in, out, and smelling at the same time. Here’s how a dog’s nose works. The nasal system opens into the two nostrils which are the openings to two chambers that take in smells separately. The particles originated by the smells become trapped in the mucus in the nose. These are then dealt with by the receptors which then send identifying messages to the brain. While this is happening, some of the inhaled air goes to the dog’s lungs, allowing him to breathe. As the dog breathes out, new odors enter the nose, and the processing procedure begins again.

Who, What, When, Where, and How

The reason dogs are such good trackers is because of their noses’ ability to detect even the slightest odor amid a host of other odors. Their noses are 1000 times more sensitive than our noses and could detect a packet of sugar or something similar that has dissolved in an Olympic swimming pool. As trackers, they can smell the slight reductions in odors that mark the passage of time. Between this, and their ability to figure out which direction something has gone, they beat a human’s tracking ability, hands down.

Breed Differences

All dogs have excellent olfactory capabilities, but some are better than others. The brachycephalic, otherwise known as short-nosed breeds, just don’t have the same long nose as other breeds. Among breeds with short noses include:

  • Pugs
  • Boston Terriers
  • Boxers
  • Pekingese
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  • English bulldogs
  • French bulldogs

The Incredible Things Dogs Can Do with Their Nose

These are just a few of the things you may or may not know that dogs can do with their noses. Some of these things are the result of training and some are not.

  1. Dogs can detect human illnesses such as cancer.
  2. Dogs can warn people of impending seizures.
  3. Dogs keep owners safe by warning them of dangers such as fire and intruders.
  4. In Italy, the Lagotto Romagnolo dog breed is used to sniff out valuable truffles.
  5. Light, skin-colored noses are less preferred in breeding circles for several reasons, including that they are more prone to sunburn than black noses.
  6. Every day when he goes out for his walk, a dog is bombarded with a huge array of new odors, which become his “smellscape.”
  7. Dogs can identify a single drop of a liquid in 20 Olympic-size (2500 ft3) swimming pools!
  8. Dogs are happiest when their noses go to work.
  9. Dogs are often used for police work, including sniffing out illegal drugs, weapons, and bombs.
  10. During thunderstorms, in addition to the noise, the main reason dogs become frightened is because of the smell of metal that is the result of the storm’s electricity which releases ions into the air.

Taking Care of Your Dog’s Nose

It’s pretty clear that your dog’s nose is an incredibly valuable organ, and as such, it requires lots of tender loving care. Thus, if you notice any of the following, contact your vet right away.

  • Change in hair or color of the nose
  • Reddening of the skin
  • Scabbing
  • Mucus or bloody nasal discharge
  • Scarring
  • Solid masses or growths

About Jumping Dogs

How to Stop Your Dog from Jumping

Your brand-new sweater is ruined, your neighbor’s child was knocked to the ground, and you don’t dare have guests come to your house anymore. All of this, and more, because of your sky-high jumping dog. Fortunately, this is one canine issue that can be easily solved.

Why Do Dogs Jump?

Simply put, dogs jump for joy, so a jumping dog is a happy, enthusiastic creature. If you own one of these pups, you know that jumping is an incredibly annoying dog behavior. On the positive side, it is your dog’s way of enthusiastically greeting and saying, I love you. The more exciting and expressive the event, such as when you come home from work, the more emotional the scene and the higher the jumps.

Why is Jumping an Inappropriate Behavior?

Besides ruining your new sweater, here are a few more of things the inappropriate jumping behaviors can cause:

  • Soiling of clothes by muddy paws
  • Knocking over people including children, the elderly, and others who are unstable on their feet
  • Scaring people who are afraid of dogs
  • Instigating another, jealous dog, to fight
  • Hurting their own joints from constant jumping

It’s All About Attention

Unfortunately, the more attention your dog gets when he jumps, even if it is negative attention, the more he’ll keep doing it. For example, if you push your dog away when he jumps on you, he may think you’re in for a great and fun game of wrestling. The more you push, the harder and higher he’ll jump. Even when you yell at him, he knows he has your attention. Likewise, even if you step on his paw or knee him in the chest, which hopefully you do not do, he is succeeding in getting what he wants – your attention.

Four on the Floor

In other words, keeping all four paws on the floor describes what you want from your dog: a calm, non-jumping behavior, with all four of his feet planted firmly on the floor.

When your dog launches into his crazy, “I haven’t seen you in forever” jumping behavior, remove all emotion from the scene. Approach him calmly and quietly. In addition, don’t pet or otherwise touch him, don’t yell at, or reprimand him, and ultimately, don’t pay any attention to him at all until he calms down.

Treats, Treats, and More Treats

Instead of looking for your attention as his reward, the secret to success is to redirect him to focus on treats, and I’m recommending high-value, yummy, to-die-for treats. Timing here is essential. Make sure he gets a treat even before he can think about jumping on you. Think of it like this, he is being guided to a positive (non-jumping) behavior instead of being scolded or pushed, and therefore getting your (negative) attention. Still, he gets what he wants – YOU. With this positive approach, your dog is being trained to want to do something because by doing so, really great things happen.

Consistency is Key

In your home, everyone needs to be on board with how to work the four on the four rule. The same goes for when you have guests over. Make sure you have stashes of treats all throughout your living space, so it’s just a matter of a quick grab when it appears the conditions are ripe for jumping.


Here are the specific steps on how to train your dog not to jump.

When You Are Working with Your Dog

When you begin the no-jump training with your dog, the secret is to set up staged practice sessions before he even has the chance to jump on you. With this approach as your starting point, follow the steps below.

  1. When the situation occurs when your dog would normally jump on you, enter the room in a relaxed, quiet, calm manner. Don’t be loud or quick-moving.
  2. Especially as you begin this training, ignore your dog until he is completely calm before proceeding.
  3. Don’t touch your dog in any way: no pats, pushes, or other physical engaging action.  
  4. Ask for a sit and reward him with yummy goodies when he does.
  5. If he jumps, disengage, walk away, and go through the steps again.

When Guests Come to Your Home

Stage this practice lesson with someone you know and repeat it until your dog learns not to jump on strangers and guests.

  1. Have your actor person come to and enter your home.
  2. Throw some treats on the floor as soon as the person enters the house.
  3. Keep tossing treats as the person comes up to your dog and pets him while he’s eating the treats.
  4. Keep repeating this process, slowly extending the amount of time when the person comes up to and greets the dog.
  5. Be sure to keep throwing treats down the entire time.
  6. Gradually you can feed fewer treats and he should still behave the way you want.
  7. If he doesn’t, then go back and begin the process again.

To make this work, you need to carefully time when you throw down the treats. It needs to be a quick action. If you miss your timing, and your dog jumps on the person, instruct them to walk away and you stop throwing any treats. Pretty soon he will realize that four on the floor brings good things, while jumping brings him nothing.

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