Most dog owners have faced the embarrassing situation of having their dog jump onto a guest, or even a complete stranger. While the dog really has no ill intent, the person being jumped on probably isn’t going to know that.
Also, and this should really go without saying, allowing your dog to jump on people is just plain bad manners. Since you are here for a little advice and not a sermon here are some tips that will show you how to stop dog jumping.
Don’t Let Him Jump
Blatantly obvious? Maybe, but many pet owners confuse their pets by allowing the animals to jump on them, but then scolding them for jumping on others.
Your dog is not likely to be able to differentiate between who he is allowed to jump on and who he is not. Therefore, he should not be allowed to jump on anyone, even you.
Of course, many pet owners enjoy having their dogs jump on them in greeting. If you want your dog to do that then it should be by invitation only. When you’re ready for the dog to jump on you, tap your shoulder. Then – and ONLY then – should your dog jump.
By training your dog that there is a signal to allow him to jump, he’ll still be able to greet you this way, but won’t be confused and try to jump on everyone who comes through the door.
When your dog jumps on you it is because he wants attention. Most dogs will be happy with any kind of attention, even if you don’t intend it to be positive. For that reason, the best thing that you can do is to ignore him completely.
When the dog jumps, simply cross your arms and turn around. Do not even speak. When your dog gets down say “SIT”, then when he is sitting, pet him and say “Good sit!” Eventually, the dog will learn that the only way to get attention is to sit at your feet when you come in.
You must be consistent in this. You cannot pet him for jumping one day and then ignore him the next. You must consistently ignore the bad behavior in order to get it to stop.
Don’t Yell or Hit
You should never yell at or hit your dog, but this is especially true when you are trying to train him. Remember, to your dog jumping is not bad behavior. He is more than likely just trying to say hello.
If his greeting is returned with yelling, hitting or some other form of punishment, it could cause your dog to be fearful and timid.
Remember, removing any type of reward (attention) for the jumping is the best way to get it to stop.
Depending on how long you waited to begin to try and curb this behavior as well as some other factors, such as your dog’s background, it may take a bit longer than you’d like to teach your pet to stop jumping.
The key is to be patient and consistent in your training. If your dog has been getting away with jumping for years, it is going to take a little longer to teach him to stop. Don’t give up.
One of the worst things you can do is to stop and start the training. This will confuse the dog and make it harder to break the jumping habit in the long run.
If you have been trying for a while and still cannot stop your dog from jumping, you may want to consider taking an obedience class. The experts at these classes will teach you skills that will help you, not only with trying to stop dog jumping, but with other unwanted behaviors as well.