If your dog is an excited jumper/hugger to start with, ignore the behavior when he’s jumping all over you, then sit with him and follow these steps:

  1. Kneel down on the floor or sit in a chair and give your dog the “Sit” command.

    Check to make sure that your dog is sitting square on the floor (not leaning to either side).

  2. Lift your dog’s paws gently and place them on your shoulders as you say “Hug.”

    Give your dog a thorough pet and/or a reward.

  3. Say “Okay” to release your dog and help him down.

    Do these steps a maximum of three times per session, and stop if your dog is too energetic or starts to nip.