Is your dog constantly jumping on people? If your dog has a habit of jumping on you or your house guests as soon as they walk in the front door, you have a problem on your hands. Dirty paws and sharp claws can ruin clothing.
The bigger the dog, the worse the problem since you can easily be knocked over. In this article we’ll learn more about why dogs jump and then look at a few keys to training your dog to stop jumping on people.
While you may not have thought about it, understanding why a dog jumps on people is an important first step to correcting the bad habit.
Jumping on people is their way of greeting you. When dogs greet each other, they tend to smell each other’s faces (among other things). But because you are much taller than a dog, they have to jump up to reach your face.
So part of your training to stop the dog from jumping is teaching them that they have to greet you without jumping up on you. They need to know that jumping up on you will not work and that staying on the ground will.
It’s a matter of retraining an instinct. So you don’t have to assume your dog is ill-behaved or more difficult than other dogs. They are simply doing what comes naturally to them.
With that in mind, how can you stop your dog from following that instinct to jump up toward your face? Here are a few strategies that expert trainers recommend.
This is passive in the sense that you aren’t actively spending time training. Instead, you are changing your own behavior to signal to the dog that it needs to change its behavior. To stop your dog from jumping using this method, start making a habit out of the following things:
This technique is basic but the important things to keep in mind with this technique are the following:
Even with these considerations in mind, this can be a slower method than more active training techniques. If you are not in a rush or you don’t have time to actively train your dog, this will work in time.
But we recommend using this in combination with an active training method to see quicker results.
As the name implies, this training method requires two people. And when done consistently and effectively, it will teach your dog to quietly and patiently wait to be greeted by people rather than to jump up on them in excitement.
This works best with someone your dog already knows and likes (and someone who has the time to work with you consistently to train your dog). This can be your partner, your roommate, your child, a neighbor or anyone else who is up to the task.
Here is how to do it:
The dog will learn fairly quickly what it needs to do to keep the person approaching.
If you absolutely can’t find anyone who has the time or ability to train your dog consistently, you can, as an alternative, attach the leash to a tree or a pole and do the method yourself. But it works better with two people.
Here are some tips for making sure your training methods are effective.
By following these tips and techniques, you will able to train your dog to stop jumping up on people. This will make your home a happier and more enjoyable place to live for both you and your dog.
The best part about training is that, even though it takes some patience and commitment, once your dog learns, they will follow that lesson for years to come. They want to do everything they can to make you happy so once they know they should stop jumping to please you, they will.
So start training your dog today and stick with it until you see the results!