How to Stop Your Dog from Jumping
20 April, 2015
There are a lot of dog owners who have trouble controlling their dogs from jumping on them. After all, it is a dog’s natural instinct when you first walk inside or see your pup. It seems very natural for a dog to jump, but there are ways to prevent dogs from jumping on you and especially other people.
There are many reasons why a dog would jump on you. It usually is for attention and a way to show their enthusiasm for seeing you come home. They’re excited and the energy produced from it comes out as jumping. If you’re lucky your dog may not be the jumping type and instead speed around the room with a tail wagging so hard it wags the body. Sometimes dogs will jump up because they aren’t sure who the new person is in the house and jumping on them, creating a reaction in the person is a way for your dog to control them or cope with the stranger.
You need to teach your dog that paws on the floor is the correct behavior
The key to teaching your dog not to jump on you when you first get home is to tell your dog that you only greet dogs who keep their front paws on the floor. Although you can’t your dog with words, you can show your pup with actions. When your dog greets you, your pup’s goal is to get your attention and to get you to pet her. Knowing this, you can show your dog what she or she must do to earn your attention and that is touching or keeping his or her paws on the floor.
Immediately give your dog attention the instant her front feet land on the floor
When you enter a door and your dog jumps up on you, ignore her. Don’t tell her to get off you and don’t push her away. Instead, stand up straight and look over her head. If you move your arms and hands at all, pull them up toward your chest. If she continues jumping all over you, turn away. She’ll have to put her front paws on the floor to follow you. The instant her front paws touch the floor, praise your pup and pet her head and say ‘good dog” or any term of endearment.
Try distracting your dog with a toy
Teach your dog to do something else when you come home and other people come over. The excitement of seeing you or meeting new people or old friends will still be there but if you teach your dog to run and get a toy and bring it to you so you can play a quick game of fetch that will prevent jumping. The energy needs to go somewhere. If you can redirect it to a fun game or activity that lasts a few minutes that will certainly help or a toy that is a favorite.
You need to consistently reinforce the correct behavior
Consistently reinforce a no jumping rule to your dog. Don’t allow your dog to jump on you and not others. That can be confusing. If he’s not sure how to greet strangers, ask him to sit before your friends pet him and reward his good behavior. And make sure to be calm around your dog and don’t get excited or upset for the wrong behavior. It will only make him more excitable and then your dog will most likely jump on you.
Try to change your attitude how you react to your dog
When you first come home, take your time, put your things down and then call for your dog. If you speak in a high pitched tone, run to your dog, or do anything that could excite him, he is more likely to bounce around and on you. If you are calm and cool, he should be too. This should be practiced any time you come home.
If your dog is too excited around other people, keep your pup outside
If your dog is not comfortable around guests in your house and jumps as a way to gain control or from fear or aggression, it’s safer for everyone to keep him separated from your guests. Put him in a room or a crate with a few toys. If he calms down and seems curiously afraid, let him out and let your guests know to let him check them out and not push the envelope and try to pet him. Everyone needs to be calm for this to work well or else your dog may start barking and be scared or your guests might get injured. If he can’t calm down and is upset, it may be best to keep him in a room while you have friends over for the whole time.
With time, effort and consistently reinforcing the correct behavior, you should be able to stop your dog from jumping on you and others.