Jumping- I'm missing something
We're new here, so I apologize if this has been covered (I am sure it has, but can't find the threads). I have a year and a half year old GSD/Siberian Husky. He isn't aggressive, at all. But, he craves attention from strangers, especially those idly standing around at the dog park, or from guests that come into our home.
HE WON'T STOP JUMPING. He's getting better about the guests, I've been bribing friends with dinner to come over and IGNORE him when he jumps, only pet him once he is behaving. Some won't pet him until he sits, which is awesome of them.
But the dog park is a nightmare. I don't even want to take him anymore. I bought an e collar, but he doesn't seem to notice it at all. He will follow a recall, but only after he has jumped on the stranger to say hi. And, 99% of the people at dog parks naturally push him away are just don't mind, which only reinforces the behavior because it's still attention.
We are going to be moving into a condo (unfortunate, but i'm not getting rid of him because of this circumstance), and I'd like to be able to take him to dog parks to get energy out and let him be a dog. But I may just have to resort to long walks, and letting him run around empty tennis courts or something. Not that I'm complaining, as it'll definitely build our bond together. But I want him to be able to be off least without needing to say hello right to everyone's face.
Any advice?? Am I over-valuing the dog park for exercise? I've had him since he was a pup, and he's basically my world. I just want him to have a happy existence, but do so without jumping up to say hello. What am I missing here? This is my first GSD and the first dog I've ever had as a true puppy.
Sorry for the long-winded question, but thank you to those who answer seriously!
Torri and Sylas