I'm the proud parent of two 10 month old border collie pups - Amber and Ghost, sister and brother respectively.
Training so far is going well. Basic commands (sit, wait, leave, stand, heel, crawl, round, paw, etc even through to "cross" when arriving at a pavement edge) work first time, every time. Some slight re-call issues when off the lead but this is being worked on.
The main issue we have at the moment is that when visitors come round to our house or we meet people on walks (who don't have dogs), their immediate reaction is to jump up excitedly and try to get the most amount of attention possible. The consequence of this, at least 9 times out of 10, is for Ghost to pee everywhere - more recently Amber has started doing so too.
I absolutely want to get rid of the jumping up behaviour. It isn't aggressive in any way and they have never growled or shown aggression in any of the previous 7 months they've been with me - but I know that a lot of people do not want dogs jumping up. I am included in this and want them to stay sat with their tails wagging as fast as physically possible.
Having tried getting the dogs to "sit" and "wait" when people approach out on walks or when the door bell rings, this lasts for only a couple of seconds before they ignore all commands from me and jump up anyway. I've tried to get them to succumb to some tasty treats but, as much as they love treats usually for their rewards, they have no effect in this situation. I've tried holding them by their collars and physically preventing them from jumping (not using any aggressive force, I may add) but this isn't practical and I don't think is the right way to do things.
I'm not so concerned about the peeing as I feel this will improve once their jumping excitement subsides.
I would like to know what techniques others have used in this kind of situation or if anyone could provide some advice which may help me.