How to Stop a Dog From Jumping Up (June 2019)

Having a dog who jumps on you and your company can be both annoying and embarrassing, not to mention painful if their nails aren’t trimmed and filed on a regular basis.

If your dog is a jumper, there are a lot of different tricks you can use to make him stop.

Why Do Dogs Jump Up?

Have you ever noticed that dogs get face-to-face when greeting each other? That and they do the whole rear-end thing.

They also greet each other by licking muzzles, especially if it’s a puppy showing something like respect to an older, adult dog.

My point here, is that dogs like to greet face-to-face and jump in order to reach your face to say hello.

For example, you come home from work and your dog is already at the door, jumping around, making a fool of himself. Do you entertain this behavior, or do you hold off?

Ways to Stop Dogs from Jumping Up

There are multiple ways to get a dog to stop jumping, so there’s definitely a method that will work for you and your pup.

Be Stern and Use Verbal Commands

If you haven’t already, teach your dog to sit and make sure you use a stern voice when doing so.

If you are the alpha of the household, it’s best that you teach the commands and be there when another household member is attempting to give commands.

Either the dog will listen to the command or look at you for confirmation. If he gives you a look, repeat the command to encourage the dog to listen to the other household member.

Ignore Him When it Happens

When your dog decides to be a bad boy and jump up, fully ignore him. Don’t say anything, make eye contact, or touch him. Keep your arms stiffly at your side or cross them across your chest.

Your dog should have all 4 paws flat on the floor when greeting you, a family member, a friend, whoever it may be.

Don’t encourage the dog by responding to him jumping.

Make sure you do this until your dog has stopped jumping and is calm. Once he’s calmed down, feel free to say hello and give him some love. He will eventually learn that jumping up to greet you will only be met with you ignoring him.

Give Him Something to Do

Interestingly enough, if a dog has something to take their attention away from greeting you, they won’t jump.

Keep a toy or a treat in your car or on you at all times for when you come home.

Once you’ve opened the door and you think your dog is about to jump, distract him with whatever you’ve got.

Meet Him Halfway

Getting down to his level is a great way to stop jumping. He wants your face, so bringing your face down to his level will nix the need to jump up and greet you that way.

However, make sure you squat down and do not have your face or body over your dog.

This can come off as threatening and, should he jump, will injure you.

Keep your body in front of him and put your hand down at a lower level for him to engage with. Your hand doesn’t need to be on the floor, though.

Power Exercise Before You Go

If you’re not going to be away for very long, getting your dog into a good workout before you leave can help them release that energy they’ll present you with later on well before it happens.

How to Stop a Leashed Dog from Jumping

Having your dog jumping on people outdoors, in the public eye, can be a lot more embarrassing than when it happens in the home.

Here is something you can practice with you, your dog, and another person:

  • Have someone stand about 10 feet away from your dog while he’s on his leash and you are holding said leash.
  • Command your dog to sit down, when he does the other person can start to approach you both.
  • If your dog gets up, have the person turn around and ignore the dog fully.
  • Tell him to sit once more and, when he does, have the person, again, approach the both of you.

Repeat this process as many times at it takes for your dog to understand that they will only receive attention when they are behaving properly.

Warn the People Coming Into Contact With Your Dog

Others aren’t in charge of ensuring your dog does at it’s told when jumping, but you do need to make sure they are aware you have a dog that jumps.

Let them know that you are going through training to stop your dog from jumping and that they should follow your lead when they come into your home.

Remind whoever is coming in that jumping is not a behavior you encourage, and ask them to refrain from giving your dog any attention whatsoever until he has calmed down and is doing what he is told.

A jumping dog can be alarming to others, as well, so informing them of what your dog does can help them not to freak out, which actually encourages the dog more than it does deter him.

Be Patient and Don’t Give Up

Jumping is difficult to break in a dog, but it most certainly can be done. Try not to get too frustrated, be patient, don’t give up, and remember to give lots of praise and attention to your dog when he does what you want him to.

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