Jumping to give a smooch
When I have Drake on lead and we're walking, he will ignore people, dogs (to a certain extent), pretty much anything. If he does pay attention I will give him a tug and tell him to leave it. He's good about this. But, if someone stops to comment or ask to pet him and I am friendly with them, he gets so excited he can't help but try to jump up and "kiss" them, he won't even stay in a sit. He doesn't put paws on anyone, it's a quick hop to touch the face. I don't want him to accidently hurt someone but bumping a nose or lip, he should know his manners, period. No matter what I've tried, this behavior continues. I have to pull down on his collar to make sure he doesn't jump up. It's frustrating because it's hard to go into a full blown lesson while talking to a stranger, or worse yet, a child. Right now, since I'm travelling with him, it's difficult to work with a group, as I don't have one. So, for now, it's constantly strangers we're meeting. It's ten times worse when we go to get supplies a PetSmart as everybody wants to greet him and that can make shopping very difficult. I know he should sit until someone is allowed to pet him, and he does until the hand comes to touch, then he gets so excited it's like the pet itself is his release! What is the best way to correct this without negative reinforcement??
I've just gotten to a point while I have him in a sit, before I allow anyone to pet him, I tell them I have a problem with him jumping so please let me get him calm and hold him before they can pet. With small children I explain he gets too excited and I don't want him to knock them over, or I turn him around and allow them to pet his behind. No matter what I've tried, doesn't work with him. The sad part is, he's worse with children because he absolutely adores them and he gets so excited he just can't help himself. He hasn't seen my granddaughter since January and I know he misses her so he hasn't gotten his "kid fix". I do want him to interact, but gently.
Have dog, will travel...