It is natural for a dog to say hello by wagging its tail and jumping up and down with joy in the hopes of trying to touch your nose with theirs. The reason for this is simple, dogs say hello to other dogs by touching their noses together and sniffing at each others faces. As such, they wish to do the same with humans.
Much as the joy that comes with a genuinely happy dog to see its owner is endearing, when such behavior is not curbed, it can be potentially dangerous both to the owner and those that come into contact with the dog. You need to learn how to stop a dog from jumpingwhilst they are still young or you or your loved ones may end up being hurt or bruised, not to mention the jumping behavior can get annoying!
How to stop a dog from jumping
Jumping is all dogs know to get your attention, express their excitement to seeing you or to simply dispel pent-up energy, as such, you need to train the dog not to jump if you are to prevent future problems-especially when it grows into an adult dog. In order to help your dog stop jumping, you need to be consistent in your training. You can’t just train it for a little while then give up; it has to be consistent until you see results.
As a tip, you must retain a leadership role with your dog so it can behave and follow your rules. If it feels like it can get away with anything, then you will be hard pressed to successfully go through with the training. You need to be the pack leader so the dog can follow your rules and you need to be consistent in this role.
Here we look at some training exercises you can utilize to stop your dog from jumping:
- Give your dog something else to do such as throwing it a favorite toy whenever you come home or asking it to sit when you notice it’s about to jump.
- Move your dog aside gently in a firm manner to show it you are boss and what it is doing at the moment is not acceptable. You can also get hold of its paws as it jumps on you and retain control of the paws while it is in a standing position so that it knows you are the leader. When it whimpers, set its paws down and walk away from it.
- If your dog greets you by jumping whenever you get back home, ignore him or her until you notice its paws are on the floor, then you can proceed to pet and greet the dog. You will require a lot of patience in the ignoring department before it finally gets the message and sets its paws down. Remember not to look at the dog during this time, that way; it knows that it doesnt have your attention until it gets its paws on the ground.
- In the case of dogs that have crates or kennels, firmly place them back in their room whenever they try to jump on you. The lack of the much desired human contact will have them thinking and putting two and two together after a while.
- Make use of a spray bottle filled with water to spray the dog whenever it comes jumping. Be sure to use a firm command such as NO or OFF before you spray so it can understand that its behavior is not appreciated. Remember to give it a treat when it behaves.
- Make use of a no-jump harness to prevent your dog from jumping whenever it is inclined to do so. Alternatively, you can chain the dog and tag at the chain gently, every time it wishes to jump on other people.
Once you are satisfied that it has learned not to jump on you, enlist the help of other people to further train it not to jump on guests. You can do this by asking them to only give the dog a treat when it is not jumping.
A few donts you should remember:
- Dont wait for the puppy to grow into an adult before training it that jumping is not allowed
- Don’t shout at your dog whenever it jumps on you, instead, calmly turn your back and attention from it until it gets the message. After all, all it wants to do is say hello and will be confused and hurt when the hello is met by shouting.
- Don’t forget to reward your dog for good behavior
- Don’t pet your dog or allow other people to pet it until it is properly behaved with its paws on the ground.
- Don’t kick, push or shove the dog away, it will only get hurt and confused in the process ad still not understand that jumping is no good.
- Don’t exhibit excitement when greeting your dog, especially during the training process.
Ultimately, with consistency and a lot of patience, a dog can be taught to behave and not go about jumping on people!