While it is cute and adorable when a Golden Retriever puppy jumps at you, it might be scary and annoying to have an adult Golden Retriever jumping at you. While a dog jumping at you is a sign of excitement of playfulness, a matured Golden Retriever is capable of inflicting pain on an adult. Golden Retrievers were bred to fetch game and thus they were used to jump over undergrowth and streams so you have to keep in mind that jumping is deep in their blood. In your home, you do not need the jumping as it might lead to harm, especially if you have small children in the house. The Golden can cause damage in your house when playing and jumping around in excitement.
When Golden Retriever jumping is as a result of excitement, they might be too happy to see clearly and will make things fall and risk hurting themselves in the process. There are two main reasons why your dog might be jumping too much and it is not unless you understand the cause of the problem properly that you will be in a position to come up with a lasting solution.
Excitement-Golden Retriever puppies will ran to you and jump at you when you come home from work as a result of excitement of seeing you after many hours of absence. The jumping is mostly not malicious and is no reason to worry. They will be looking for attention and since you will give it to them, it is important that you mould this behavior while they are still puppies to prevent it from becoming a major problem in future. You do not want a 60 pound Golden Retriever jumping at you when you walk in.
Dominance- if your Golden Retriever jumping behavior is not at you, that is, if he/she is jumping in your absence or on small children, then the cause must be dominance issues. Dogs are pack animals and with your absence, they might feel as though they rule the pack and will jump to assert authority.
Treating Golden Retriever jumping problems is as simple as dealing with most of the other retriever problems. It is very important that you understand the following sentence; the best approach to stopping the jumping is ignoring your dog. This does not mean dismissing your dog’s conduct; it means you should dismiss your Golden. Golden Retrievers tend to be attention seekers and have a lot of energy to do that. You need to show them that you are not paying attention to them when you are leaving in the morning and when you are coming back in the evening. With time, this will let them know that they do not have to seek attention and the jumping will fade away.
As with issues dealing with dominance, you need to take your dog out more and let your children be part of the feeding and training. This way, the golden will respect everyone in the family and treat them as the alpha of the pack.