Jumping is one of the most common problems a dog owner faces. Jumping is not only embarrassing around friends and strangers. It’s also dangerous and can cause you or someone else to be cut, bruised, or knocked over completely. Today you will be learning how to teach your dog not to jump anymore.
The good news is that this problem is one of the easier ones to fix as long as you’re consistent with your training and attitude.
Why Dogs Jump
There are 4 main scenarios that dogs tend to jump. They jump when you or company come through the door. They jump when strangers pass or approach them, or they jump on people while they’re sitting.
Dogs like to interact face to face with other dogs and animals. Why would you be any different? The only problem is that we learned to walk on two feet so our face isnt level with theirs. This causes them to jump so they can be level with you.
The other reason that dogs like to jump is for attention. When you walk through your front door as your dog is jumping on you and you still greet them with a high pitched “Hi cutie!”, they think that you’re excited that they’re jumping on you, and will continue to do it every time.
Teaching your dog not to jump will have more impact if your dog is exercised beforehand. When you physically tire out your dog, they are able to listen better and your commands will be more effective. A nice walk or agility exercise are perfect.
Since your dog likes jumping anyway, a great way to channel that behavior somewhere else is by getting this jump hoop from Pet Prime. Not only is it great physical exercise, but it’s also a great mental work out. (Not to mention great content for Instagram!)
You are able to adjust the height of the hoop depending on how high your dog can jump. You can even get a few and make your own backyard obstacle course of ultimate backyard entertainment.
If Your Dog Jumps On You When You Arrive Home
Step 1: If your dog jumps on the door before you even get your key into the lock, take a step back and wait until you no longer hear scratching on the door. If they start jumping again, repeat the process until you can at least get the door open.
Step 2: If your dog starts jumping on you as soon as the door is open, leave and close the door. Your dog will be confused as to why his jumping made you leave when it is usually the opposite.
Step 3: When you come through the door again, completely ignore your dog and walk past them to whatever room you need to.
Your dog is used to being greeted by you when you come home with an excited high pitch voice and petting as a reward for his jumping. By ignoring him, your dog will begin to figure out that his jumping no longer gets him what he wants.
If Your Dog Jumps On Guests When They Arrive
Step 1: Put your dog in their crate before your guests come inside. If you know in advance that someone is coming over, avoid any triggers that excite your dog like the sound of the doorbell or knocking on the door. It’s 2020 and we have cell phones, so your friend can just text you when they arrive.
If you don’t have prior notice of someone coming over, put your dog in the crate and cover it with a sheet or blanket before you open the door.
Step 2: After about 15-20 mins when your guests have settled in and your dog has calmed down, have your guests stand up. Explain to them that they should be calm and pretend that the dog isn’t in the room.
Step 3: Your dog will come running in expecting the group to squeal and welcome him with open arms. But when he sees that no human gives him attention for jumping, he’ll change his tune quickly.
Once he has sniffed everyone out and goes back to his dog activities, everyone can sit down. I like to give my dogs a Kong toy with frozen peanut butter in it to keep them busy.
Step 4: Once you see your dog acting as he should your guests can interact with him. Just make sure that they keep calm, non excited voices to keep your dog from getting excited and jumping again.
If at any point your dog gets too excited, put him back in his crate with the sheet over it. This takes away the stimulus that’s making him excited.
If Your Dog Jumps On Strangers
Step 1: When you teach your dog not to jump, make sure your dog is leashed out in public. Dogs who jump on strangers are also more likely to run after them for attention as well. (Everybody likes making new friends!)
Step 2: When a stranger approaches you on the street (whether they want to pet your dog or not) pull over to the side and make your dog sit. By giving your dog a command, they are no longer free to do what they want.
When they stay sitting as people pass, reward them with a treat and lots of praise in a non-high pitched voice.
Step 3: When a stranger wants to pet your dog, give the stranger a treat. Tell them to only give it to your dog once he is sitting or laying down. If he tries to jump, tell them to completely turn around 180 degrees and ignore your dog.
It may take a few tries for your dog to get it. So to practice you can first try with a friend your dog doesn’t know.
If Your Dog Jumps On You When You’re Sitting
Step 1: If your dog jumps on you or climbs on you when you’re sitting, don’t yell at them or scold them. Stand up and walk away, completely ignoring them.
Your dog is used to getting attention from you (like yelling to get off and pushing him) when he jumps, so your new reaction will make him think.
Step 2: When you see your dog approaching you and that he’s about to jump, this is when you tell him “NO” in a firm (but not loud) tone. If he doesn’t jump, but instead sits next to you or lays on the floor, give him a treat and lots of praise.
Teaching your dog not to jump is one of the most common problems that dog owners have. The most important thing to remember is that your dog will stop this behavior if you and others in your home stop giving it attention.
With some patience and repetition, it will click for your dog that jumping doesn’t equal attention. Always remember to reward positive behavior, and keep your dog active to let out pent up energy. Tired dogs are good dogs!
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