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My, ya'll are big dogs!

Why does my dog jump on people and how can I stop it?

Teach your dog how to be guest friendly. • Jumping is a behavior that is most often reinforced by the owners and that's why the dog continues to do it. Also, some dogs jump to greet humans the way they greet other dogs; by licking their face! Some dogs find it as a way to control humans and may growl or snap when pushed off. No matter the reason, jumping behaviors can be changed almost immediately without having to knee the dog, bonk him in the head, step on his toes, hollering, or any kind of physical punisher. Look at it this way: How would you rather your dog greet you and other people? Sitting is the best option. Finally, be consistent. Your dogs are like Las Vegas slot machines. They keep trying to jump because at some point they hit the jackpot and you give them attention. Don't deposit your coins into a behavior you don't like! • Remove all attention if the dog is jumping on you. Turn your back or walk back out of the house. Now reenter and watch closely. Be quick and reach down to pet your dog BEFORE they jump on you or click/treat before they jump. If they start to jump again, turn your back. Repeat several times for several days in a row. Setup a training session. Tie your dog on a 6 foot leash to a stationary object (stair banister). Walk towards your dog. If they start to jump, back away. If they sit, rush in and pet them or click/treat. Repeat several times and have other people approach as well. Use this method when the kids or your spouse comes home. • Teach your dog to go to his spot. Setup a training session. Get a mat/towel, leash, collar, training treats and a helper. Lead him to the mat and reward with food. Throw the food on the mat to reinforce the spot. Try and slowly move away from mat, still throwing food on mat. Give stay command if your dog is already trained. Now, have helper stand in the open doorway. Reward dog for staying on mat. Be sure to do this on leash. Lead up to the helper opening the door, knocking on door, ringing doorbell.

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How do I know if my dog is over weight?

Here is a dog body conditioning scoring system by Ellyce Rothrock. 1. Very Thin Ribs: Easily felt with no fat cover. Tail Base: Bones are raised with no tissue between the skin and bone. Side view: Severe abdominal tuck. Overhead View: Accentuated hour-glass shape. 2. Underwieght Ribs: Easily felt with little fat cover. Tail Base: Bones are raised with minimal tissue between the skin and bone. Side view: Abdominal tuck. Overhead View: Marked hour-glass shape. 3. Ideal Ribs: Easily felt with slight fat cover. Tail Base: Smooth contour, but bones can be felt under a thin layer of fat. Side view: Abdominal tuck. Overhead View: Well-proportioned lumbar waist. 4. Overweight Ribs: Difficult to feel with moderate fat cover. Tail Base: Some thickening, but bones can be felt under a moderate layer of fat. Side view: No abdominal tuck or waist. Overhead View: Back is slightly broadened. 5. Obese Ribs: Difficult to feel under thick fat cover. Tail Base: Thickened and difficult to feel under a prominent layer of fat. Side view: Fat hangs from the abdominal and there is no waist. Overhead View: Markedly broadened.

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Where are you located?

We are on the southern end of Fauquier County, in Bealeton, Virginia near Liberty High School. Our address is 10401 Green Road, Bealeton, VA 22712. Our phone number is 540-439-PAWS(7297). For driving directions, please go to the Directions button and type in your address. Map Quest will give you exact directions to get here.

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