But why do dogs love to jump up in the first place?
A dog jumping up on someone may cause that person to fear or be surprised. Maybe you have experienced your dog jumping on someone, and the dog won’t listen to your command when you tell them to stop or get down. What should you be doing?
It really isn’t that hard to get your dog to stop jumping on people. Anyone can teach their dog to stop jumping with consistent training and knowledge.
3 Main Causes of Dogs Jumping
1. To Display Dominance
Either it’s jumping on people or jumping on furniture, these examples show a dog that wants to practice its dominance. It puts him in the role of Alpha dog or leader of the pack. Remember, a dominant dog is more difficult to train and tends to exhibit aggression towards its owner or other people.
2. To Welcome People
Dogs recognize each other by sniffing scent glands around their faces. When trying to do the same to humans who are much taller, it creates the need for them to jump higher.
3. They Have Been Rewarded in Some Way for This Same Behavior in the Past
Perhaps the owner has shown positive response for this kind of behavior, noting the dog’s excitement to see them. Also, perhaps the dog jumped up when his owner walked in the door, and the owner took the dog for a walk. The dog thought he was rewarded for jumping, although maybe it was simply time for a walk.
7 Tips on How to Stop Your Dog from Jumping
Withhold Attention – Rinse and Repeat!
The first part of training a dog not to jump requires that you withhold attention. There are a few ways to do that: Turn your back as soon as your dog jumps up. Fold your arms over your chest, and do not make a sound. If the dog runs up again to jump, turn the other way around. Wait for the dog to stop jumping.
One approach is to absolutely remove yourself. If your dog jumps up at the door, turn around and walk out. If you are inside and it jumps up; walk out of the room. Wait for a moment; then walk inside again. Repeat until the dog is calm.
Reward Good Conduct
When you’re focusing on avoiding unnecessary jumping, holding some rewards close to hand can really help. As soon as your dog is standing with four paws on the ground, toss it a treat. Praise your dog too, but keep things low key. The excitement and attention from you may encourage another round of jumping.
Practice Makes Perfect
It helps if you can create situations to practice with your dog. For example, if the jumping behavior often happens when you come home after work, spend a few minutes – a few times a day coming and going. Don’t make a fuss over your dog and step back outside if it jumps up. Offer a reward whenever all four feet are on the floor.
Add a Sit Command
Once your dog has four paws on the floor for a couple of seconds or more, start asking it to sit down. Walk into the room or through the front door and give the “sit” command. Offer a treat once the dog sits down. Practice that over several sessions of training. With plenty of repetitions, as soon as you walk through the door or enter the room, your dog can start sitting.
Practice with Other People
Training with your dog is not enough. In this exercise, you will need to include friends and family too. Otherwise, your dog might understand that it’s not okay to jump on you, but it’s pretty much okay to jump on everyone else. Having other people help with this training, will teach your dog to keep all four paws down, regardless of who is in the room.
What Not to Do
You may have heard of a dog’s training methods for not jumping that call for some kind of punishment or aversion. A knee to the dog’s chest is one such method. Another uses leash correction— the leash pulling or yanking — to get the dog off you. Those methods have several problems:
· If your dog is corrected too harshly or improperly by your knee or leash, the dog may be seriously injured.
· You may knock your dog down when you use a knee to the chest, but the dog may interpret this as the way you initiate play. Your dog’s response is likely to jump up to continue the game again because you’ve actually reinforced the behavior you’re trying to stop.
· Your dog might just learn not to jump up when it’s on a leash. Since most dogs are not leashed 24/7, there will be plenty of opportunities for your dog to get away with jumping when it’s off its leash.
Avoid inadvertently rewarding your dog for jumping: Petting your dog or having strangers pet your dog when he jumps reinforces the jumping behavior and should be avoided.
Management means you have to control the situation, so your dog does not attempt to jump on people and furniture. Use management strategies until your dog is properly trained for not jumping.
Let’s take the dog, which jumps on visitors as an example. You could do one of the following to manage your dog’s behavior before your guest arrives:
· Put the dog in its crate.
· Put them in a different room.
· Put your dog on a leash.
This will prevent them from jumping while they learn to behave properly.
An Extra Note for Frightened Puppies:
Most puppies just jump up because they are happy to see people and would like to say hello, but your puppy might also jump up to ask for your attention if they’re bothered about something! If your puppy is jumping up to get your attention because they feel afraid because another dog is approaching or in a busy environment, the best course of action is to give them your reassurance and, if possible, get them out from the frightening situation!