Few Easy Ways to Stop Your Dog From Jumping
Updated: Aug 13, 2018
Dogs want to see and interact with people face to face. When your dog is small, this may not be a problem, but large dogs can be intimidating when they jump, not to mention it can be painful.
Jumping up when greeting is one of the most common complaints pet owners have about their dogs. And even if you don’t much mind your best friend resting his paws on your shoulders so that he can greet you when you return home, the chances are, your friends and relatives may be less enthusiastic.
Allowing your dog to jump on people can be dangerous, too. You can end up scratched and bruised. A child or frail adult can be knocked down and seriously injuries.
Fortunately for you, preventing jumping is possible even without structured training.
Get Down on the Dog’s Level
The first thing you can do to prevent jumping is to kneel down to the dog’s level. This will allow him to see your face and eliminates the main reason he jumps in the first play. Getting down on his level will let him know you see him.
Ignore Your Dog When He Jumps
Another method you can use if the above doesn’t work is to turn your back on your dog. Look up toward the ceiling and refuse to acknowledge him until he settles and sits. Dogs hate to be ignored, especially if that is the reason for their jumping in the first place. For this method to work, you must be steadfast in not making any eye contact until he has calmed. The slightest acknowledgment will get him excited all over again.
Walk Your Dog Backwards
A third method that seems to work well with larger dogs is to wait until they jump and gently grab hold of their front legs. Slowly walk the dog backwards a couple of feet then gently set his front paws on the floor, saying “down” firmly. Dogs hate to walk backwards, and doing so will make him start to associate the unpleasantness with jumping. Saying the word “down” as you place his paws on the floor will get him to associate it with keeping his feet on the floor.
When Your Dog Jumps On Other People
Many dogs are at their worst indoors, when visitors arrive. To avoid this, and give you back some control, you need to train them.
Ask a family member or friend to assist with training. Your assistant must be someone your dog likes and wants to greet. Your dog should never be forced to greet someone who scares them.
Give your dog the "sit" command.
The greeter approaches you and your dog. If your dog stands up, the greeter immediately turns and walks away.
Ask your dog to "sit," and have the greeter approach again.
Keep repeating until your dog remains seated as the greeter approaches.
If your dog does remain seated, the greeter can give your dog a treat as a reward.
Get Your Dog Moving
Many dogs don't get the exercise they need, which sets them up for extreme reactions when anything out of the ordinary happens. To combat jumping, increase your dog’s exercise. Get him for a long walk or ....
It doesn’t take long to train a dog not to jump as long as you are consistent with whichever method you choose. It also helps if you can enlist the cooperation of other family members so everyone is using the same method. This creates less confusion and more success.