Pet Advice

HOW TO STOP DOGS FROM JUMPING ON PEOPLE

I know a lot of dog owners who have trouble controlling their dogs from jumping on them. It seems very natural for a dog to jump, but there are ways to prevent dogs from jumping on you and especially other people.

There are many reasons why a dog would jump on you. It usually is for attention and a way to show their enthusiasm for seeing you come home from work. They’re excited and the energy produced from it comes out as jumping. If you’re lucky your dog may not be the jumping type and instead speed around the room with a tail wagging so hard it wags the body. Sometimes dogs will jump up because they aren’t sure who the new person is in the house and jumping on them, creating a reaction in the person is a way for your dog to control them or cope with the stranger.

If you do have a jumper dog, there are a few ways to curb this behavior.

IGNORE HIM WHEN HE JUMPS

Try ignoring your dog when he jumps. Turn your back each time he jumps up on you. Don’t look at him, don’t talk to him, and don’t touch him. Fold your arms and be boring. Your dog might try harder and jump higher to get your attention but eventually, he will give up.

TRY DISTRACTING YOUR DOG WITH A TOY

Teach your dog to do something else when you come home and other people come over. The excitement of seeing you or meeting new people or old friends will still be there but if you teach your dog to run and get a toy and bring it to you so you can play a quick game of fetch that will prevent jumping. The energy needs to go somewhere. If you can redirect it to a fun game or activity that lasts a few minutes that will certainly help.

LET HIM OUTSIDE OR IN ANOTHER ROOM WHEN YOU HAVE GUESTS

If your dog is not comfortable around guests in your house and jumps as a way to gain control or from fear or aggression, it’s safer for everyone to keep him separated from your guests. Put him in a room or a crate with a few toys. If he calms down and seems curiously afraid, let him out and let your guests know to let him check them out and not push the envelope and try to pet him. Everyone needs to be calm for this to work well or else your dog may start barking and be scared or your guests might get injured. If he can’t calm down and is upset, it may be best to keep him in a room while you have friends over for the whole time. This makes for a happier dog and happier guests.

REINFORCE THAT HE IS NOT ALLOWED TO JUMP

Consistently reinforce a no jumping rule to your dog. Don’t allow him to jump on you and not others. That can be confusing. If he’s not sure how to greet strangers, ask him to sit before your friends pet him and reward his good behavior.

TRY TO CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE DOG

When you first come home, take your time, put your things down and then call for the dog. If you speak in a high pitched tone, run to your dog, or do anything that could excite him, he is more likely to bounce around and on you. If you are calm and cool, he should be too.

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