Its been a while since my last visit here. My Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy is now 7 months old and 30 pounds.
I am happy and proud to report that he has responded extremely well to his training that I have worked hard with him on. He is very disciplined with most things. He knows sit, stay, come (when he wants to and knows food is involved!), paw, and just recently learned roll-over in just two days. Indeed he is a smart puppy that loves to please.
However, he goes totally nutso when a guest comes into the house, jumping on them like crazy, wagging his tail, total excitement beyond his wildest dreams. :) Its all very loving and good natured - he just wants to be with people.
Unfortunately despite seeming somewhat cute not all guests appreciate this and its totally unacceptable behavior that I am trying to work on.
I read (I think it was in the My Smart Puppy book or Good Owners, Great Dogs) that one approach is to put the dog on a leash and stand on it so that whenever he jumps he can only get a little off the floor. This of course works to prevent him from being able to jump on people.
However I don't get the feeling that he is learning from it and am not seeing any progress. Surely this is a whole other level of training beyond the basics because his excitement is so high. But nonetheless I really want to get control of this.
Does anyone have good technique or ideas on how to go about teaching him this important skill? I'd be grateful for any advise or tips you can provider. Thanks!