How To Train A Puppy Not To Jump On You: How To Get Your Dog To Stop Jumping On People
One of the most common behaviors that dog owners want to eliminate is jumping. However, as much as it is about changing the dog’s behavior, it is also about changing the human’s.
It’s crucial how you react to a jumping dog, and it all boils down to action and consequence.
- If your dog jumps on you while you’re playing with a toy, stop playing and drop the toy.
- If your dog jumps on you while you’re preparing their meal, don’t push them away; instead, walk away from the food (ensuring it’s out of reach of your jumping dog).
- If your dog jumps on you when you get home, don’t go inside; instead, wait outside for a few moments for your dog to calm down.
Your dog wants something in all of these situations: your attention, food, or to play with a toy. This is what drives them to jump, bringing them closer to their desired object.
To change the behavior, your dog must realize that jumping does not only fail to get them what they want, but it also causes their object of desire to vanish or move further away. To put it another way, removing the reward forces your dog to attempt a different strategy to get what they want.
When you see them try an alternative behavior, such as sitting instead of jumping when you walk in the door, give them a big reward.
The more a dog is rewarded for a particular behavior, the more it will be repeated!
Changing the natural inclination
This is not an overnight process. What’s more aggravating is that you’re more likely to see the behavior deteriorate before it improves. This is known as an “extinction burst,” and it’s your dog’s final all-out attempt to get what they want by doing what comes naturally to them.
Stick to your guns, though! If you can use these strategies on a regular basis, you’ll notice a long-term difference.
If your dog becomes overly excited and jumps up on you, take the following steps:
- Take a step back. Do not use your hands to push your dog away. They’ll most likely believe that jumping attracts their attention, if not that you’re playing with them. When your dog jumps on you, never knee them. This is excruciatingly painful and potentially dangerous.
- If your dog continues to jump on you after you’ve turned your back on them a couple of times, tell them “Too bad!” and walk away from them, closing the door or putting a baby gate between you.
- Once your dog has calmed down, you can resume your interaction with them.
If your dog jumps on you when you get home, it’s a sign that you’ve done something wrong.
- Gently open the door.Close the door and wait 30 seconds if your dog is overly excited and one or more of their paws are off the ground.
- Begin re-opening the door. If your dog continues to jump around, close it.the door and wait another 30 seconds.
- Continue to close the door and wait for your dog to calm down enough to enter without jumping on you.
If your dog jumps on visitors,
- Leash your dog and open the door for your guest. Instruct them to knock when they arrive (to alert you), but to enter on their own and wait for you to come and greet them in the entry way.
- As soon as your visitor walks in, move your dog close enough to see them but far enough away that they cannot reach them.Request a visit from your dog.
- Instruct your friend to walk towards you, but to come to a complete stop and stand still if your dog becomes overly excited and stands up.Get your dog’s attention and ask them to sit if this happens. Your friend can begin walking forward once seated.
- Continue Step 3 until your friend reaches your dog’s all four paws on the ground. Allow the two to greet each other when they arrive!
If your dog jumps on strangers saying hello in the park, it’s a sign that it’s time to find a new home.
- Approach a friendly stranger and ask if they would mind helping you teach your dog polite greetings for a few moments. Request that the stranger stand still and allow you to approach them.
- Walk your dog over to the stranger and greet them. If your dog becomes overly excited (tugging on the leash, bouncing around, barking, etc.), redirect their attention back to you by taking a step or two backwards.
- Allow your dog to calm down (standing or sitting is fine), then approach the person again. Each time your dog becomes too excited to greet you, repeat Step 2.
- Allow your dog to say hello once you’ve arrived at your new friend with all four paws on the ground.