When you walk into your home after a long day, does your dog greet you by jumping up on you? Does it seem like your pup all of a sudden grew springs under his feet to help give him a little extra bounce? While jumping dogs can be somewhat annoying to humans, it’s their natural instinct. Since dogs greet each other nose-to-nose, your pooch wants to do the same with you. He is desperately trying to reach your face and say hello!
So what’s the harm?
While many pet parents unknowingly encourage dogs to jump (by giving them attention), it’s important to teach your dog not to jump when he’s greeting you, your family, or your friends. They can accidentally scratch or bruise someone. Also, they could potentially knock a young child or elder adult down, causing serious injury.
So how can you correct this behavior?
Well, there are a few things you can do! I am going to break the tips up into sections. The first is tailored to how you greet your dog. The second is tailored to how other people greet your dog.
Tips To Stop Your Dog From Jumping On You
Keep Greetings Low-Key
As caring pet parents, we love to greet our dogs with high-pitched voices, lots of hugs, and plenty of kisses. The problem is, if you’re giving your dog this type of attention when he is jumping on you then your pooch thinks you want him to jump. You are actually encouraging the unwanted behavior. So the first thing you should do is modify your greetings. The calmer you are, the calmer your dog will be.
Ignore Your Pup Until He’s Calm
If your dog jumps on you when you first walk through the door, ignore him. Don’t kiss him. Don’t yell at him. Don’t push him away. Don’t knee him in the chest. Just turn around and walk away. The Humane Society even recommends walking out the door and re-entering until your dog doesn’t jump anymore. This could take walking in and out of the door a few dozen times. I know it can be frustrating, but stay consistent. The goal is to teach your dog he will only get attention if he has all four paws on the ground.
Get Your Dog To Sit
Once you walk in the door and your pup appears calm, tell him to sit. Once he sits then give him attention.
Make sure everyone in your household follows these training tips every time they greet your pooch. Behavior can’t be modified for just one person and on certain occasions.
If Your Dog Jumps On You When You’re Sitting…
Stand up and ignore your pooch until he is calm and has all four paws on the ground. Then reward him. Again, the goal is to teach your dog that he won’t get attention until he is calm and has all four paws on the ground.
Tips To Stop Your Dog From Jumping On Guests
One great way to practice calm behavior with other people is to enlist the help of a friend (someone your dog likes). Do the following:
- Before your friend approaches your pooch, give your dog the “sit” command.
- Once your dog is sitting, have your friend approach.
- If your dog stands up, have your friend turn and walk away.
- Then, give your dog the “sit” command again and repeat until he remains sitting.
- If your dog remains seated then reward him with a treat and verbal praise!
Don’t just do this exercise once. Rather, keep training until the behavior is consistent.
Have Your Friends Give Low-Key Greetings
Just like how you need to stay calm when greeting your pooch, so do your friends. Ask them before they arrive to avoid high-pitched voices and overly excited body language when first seeing your dog.
Don’t Give Your Dog The Opportunity To Jump
Until your dog is trained, if you have dinner guests over or host a larger party then it’s important to make sure your dog doesn’t have the opportunity to jump on people in the first place. You can do this by:
- Confining your dog in another room
- Putting a leash on your dog until he is calm
I’m going to be honest with you — training your dog to do anything can be frustrating at first. The younger you start training, the better. But still, some dogs take longer to learn than others. No matter how long it takes, try your best to stay calm. Yelling at your pup won’t do any good. Just keep working with your pup and stay positive!