How to stop your dog from jumping is a question I get ask alot. It can ruin clothes, knock someone over or just be a nuance.
It can be extreme!
But, this is not the kind of jumping on a person we are talking about!
Jumping is quite a common problem for dog owners. Dogs jumping on people in excitement, playing, or just demanding attention, can be annoying and sometimes even dangerous, especially for children, older adults, strangers, etc.
Dogs can be trained to drop this bad habit and learn how to greet people respectfully.
When your dog jumps on you, demanding attention, yelling, or pushing him away might not send him the right signal. Your best friend might see it as the much-wanted attention, and not figure out he is doing something wrong. So how to stop your dog from jumping on people? Here are 5 useful tips and tricks.
1) Ignoring The Unwanted Behavior
If your dog jumps on you, put your arms on your chest, look up and stand still (ignore him). Keep ignoring the dog until he is completely calm. Ignoring is a process, and it might take a while. If regularly repeated, your dog will get the message-if I jump; I don’t get any attention.
Make sure you also talk to family members and friends to do the same. The more people in the household and guests that ignore him, the sooner he will learn that jumping is wrong. Reward your dog when he is calmly sitting on the floor, and not trying to jump on people.
2) Avoid Yelling or Punishing The Dog
Yelling or any form of punishment for jumping is not only bad for your dog, but may be understood as a form of attention. We want to avoid yelling and punishment, and ignore the dog as mentioned before. Some people try to restrain the dog from jumping with a leash. This method is not efficient, because the dog will be without the leash sooner or later, jumping at will. You can also severely hurt the dog, pulling the leash like that.
3) Coming Home
You are coming home from work, and the first thing when you open the door, your pup jumps on you. Of course, he is happy to see you, but jumping is not the behavior we want. Ignore him and step out until he calms down. You might have to repeat this several times for your dog to get the message. If he keeps jumping, ignore him every time. Eventually, he will understand this is unwanted behavior. Don’t give up, you might have to repeat this for days or weeks, but it will pay off in the end.
4) Teach him how to sit
Once your dog’s behavior improves, and he is jumping less, you can take it to the next level. Once the dog is calmly standing on the floor, teaching the “sit” trick can be a bonus. The bonus is an additional reinforcement, to let him know that he is a “good boy/girl” when not jumping. Successfully sitting should be rewarded with play, snacks, or a walk.
5) Starting Small
If your doggy is still a puppy, this is the time to start training. If you accept jumping from an early age, more likely, the dog will keep jumping on everyone when your dog grows up.
Try not to embrace this behavior in puppies (we know they are too adorable), but try anyhow.
You can stop your dog from jumping on people, but you must work at it consistently.