Out of control with visitors!

My Jack is 5 years old and has matured in a lot of ways, BUT she is terrible when we have visitors. She jumps all over them continuously. Even when I gain the smallest amount of control (which is rare) the minute the person moves, gets up, or we look like we have stopped focusing on her she's right back at it. She is so intense and persistent. It doesn't stop the entire time they are there whether it's 5 min. or 5 hrs.

We don't even have people come very often for this reason. So much of our time is spent trying to keep the dog from mauling them it's just not worth it because we cannot visit with them in peace. I have tried distracting her with treats, being firm and making her sit/stay~ which again needs contant attention to keep her there. I've put her on a leash which makes her whine. I used to remove her and put her in a crate, but this seems to be just avoiding the issue when she needs to learn how to greet visitors. It doesn't help anyway since when i think she has calmed down and I let her out she goes right back to acting the same way. people don't even want to come because of how she acts.
I know she hasn't had enough exposure to visitors,but I really need to get this under control or she never will. Does anyone else have this problem and how did you fix it?

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Apr 11, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Thank you!
Yes, I have tried holding her, but it's useless because she is soooo excited she just keeps wiggling trying to get free.
There is no doubt she could use a lot more exercise. I walk them for 45 min. every morning and they get the occassional bike ride. I would love to get her on the treadmill, but she went into full panic mode when I tried and I never tried again. I guess I need to work on that. I will say even on days when she has been up all day in/out and I know she is tired she still acts so crazy when people come. It's like she has some fetish with people lol! Honestly even if I take her places like dog shows, pet smart, etc... she has no interest in anything BUT the people that are there. Same thing when we go out on walks she acts as though everyone has come out to see her!
I try to tell the people that come the No touch, No talk, No eye contact that Ceaser Millan suggests, but half of the time they either don't listen to me (which doesn't help) or Sage doesn't care as long as she can jump. Uggh! I guess I will keep working on it....

Apr 11, 2012
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by: Brigitte

How much exersize does your jrt get? I had the same problem with my JRT and I found once I increased her activity level she really was able to focus on commands from me. I bike with her and also trained her to walk on a treadmill! She loves the treadmill and it was very easy to get her up and going. Its not a substitute for walking and biking but it really helps my girl burn up some of the extra energy. When I know were having guests I make sure she has a session on it along with a walk or ride and she is much calmer. I also started clicker training with her that also really works well. There are some great sites on the web that really helped me . I still use the crate if I need to. She also has decreased her time chasing my three cats, they sit on the edge of the treadmill and watch her! its quite funny!Good luck

Apr 10, 2012
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by: Anonymous

I am having the same problem but with a 6 month old JR. I want to snip this in the bud before it gets to bad. I was told to keep a leash on him and when he jumps to step on it. Trying it, but it is hard to do when you are entertaining. I would love other ideas

Apr 10, 2012
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by: Deborah

Have you tryed picking him or her up when people come in?I have 2 boy Jacks and one of mine his name is Patch and we just rescued him about 4 months ago and he is 16 months old and he used to nip and bite people on there calfs and ankles whenever someone would come over and I was very stern with NO and I started picking him up and now he is not doing it at all I just thought maybe this would help.
Good Luck.

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