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How to Stop Dog Jumping

Updated on June 22, 2011

Dogs jumping up is a common problem for dog owners. Often, dog owners will unknowingly support jumping when they respond with excitement to a puppy that jumps up at them.

The puppy quickly realizes that jumping up gets him lots of hugs and kisses. Dogs can't be expected to realize the distinction between jumping up as an adult dog and as a puppy.

In your dog's eyes, there is no reason for him to stop jumping up just because he's a few months older. Your dog will need to be taught that it is inappropriate for him to jump.

When is jumping inappropriate?

Some owners of small dogs see jumping as an indication of affection and enthusiasm. Happily, these dogs will probably not knock someone over with their energetic behavior, and their diminutive size would only make them intimidating to a very small child. That said, most people do not like a strange dog of any size jumping up on them. In a nutshell, you should teach your dog the "off" command in case you aren't close enough to stop the jumping behavior.

The “no jump” or “off” command is necessary for owners of large dogs. When a large dog stands on his hind legs, he will often be taller than a human – just imagine how intimidating that would be for a small child! Also, they are often heavy enough to knock over a smaller adult. Having your own dog scratch or bruise you is not good but it's far worse if he harms someone else. A responsible dog owner will ensure that his dog is provided with a recall to the off command.

What's the reason for dogs jumping?

Most dogs jump up out of excitement. Many dogs never jump up except for when their owner comes home after being at work all day. If your dog jumps up on you then, he is simply jumping for joy. A less frequent and more serious reason is that some dogs use jumping to show their dominance over the person they are jumping on.

If your dog only jumps up when he’s excited to see you or during playtime, he is clearly just showing his enthusiastic and happy state of mind. If the jumping occurs under a variety of circumstances, it is likely that your dog is showing dominance behavior, which is indicative of a communication or attitude problem. Basically, there will need to be major changes in your relationship with your dog, including asserting yourself as “alpha dog”.

Your reaction to dogs jumping up on you is key to whether the behavior is repeated or not. In order to stop dogs from jumping, consistent training will be required. He will need to be taught that jumping up is always unacceptable. You can't allow your dog to jump up sometimes and not another time. Dogs can’t tell the difference between your play and work clothing, so if you sometimes let him jump up, he’ll try to do it whenever he feels so inclined.

How to stop your dog from jumping up

The majority of trainers believe that the methods used to stop unacceptable behaviors such as jumping can often be the least difficult. When he jumps up on you, you should just walk away. All kinds of attention should be stopped, including shouting, correcting or pushing.

Here’s how this training technique works: when your dog jumps on you, right away turn your back on him, fold your arms, turn your face away, and don’t make eye contact with him. Dogs can understand body language more than vocals so he will be able to tell from your posture that his jumping is unacceptable.

Many people confuse disregarding their dog's bad behavior with disregarding their dog. You should be clearly ignoring your dog rather than acting as if his jumping behavior isn't happening. You can easily let dogs know that you are not pleased by giving them the cold shoulder treatment. When your attention and reaction are removed, your dog will quickly calm down.

The right time to praise

Once all of your dog's feet are firmly back on the ground, you can heap praise on him. Even if you were giving him the cold shoulder treatment a second before, it’s fine for you to show enthusiasm the moment his paws touch the floor.

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      How to Stop Dog Jumping 

      8 years ago

      Nice content, I like the idea of using your body language instead of vocals to show the dog you don't like their behavior.

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