It is natural that dogs jump when they see people. That is the way they use to greet us. Some people don’t like this behaviour and it actually can scare some people, especially children. There is any way to avoid this situation? How to prevent it?
If you want to teach your dog that jumping is wrong and that you do not want him to do it, you will have to show to your dog that you prefer to be greeted in another way. According to several experts, your dog jumps because he wants to get attention and to be petted. So, you must try to pet him when he is with his front paws on the ground and, most important, make him understand that only this way he will be petted.
How To Teach Your Dog Not To Jump
If you repeat this behaviour, your dog will end up learning that he should stay with all his feet on the ground in order to receive attention. To reinforce this behaviour it is important that you pet your dog as soon as he puts his feet on the ground at any circumstances. Your dog will learn how he should behave if he wants to have attention. At the same time, it is also important to ignore him when he jumps. Don’t tell your dog to go away and don’t push him because he will think you are playing with him. Don’t be aggressive and don’t shout at him, because it won’t work.
As soon as he put his front paws on the floor, praise him and pet him to reinforce this behaviour. Your dog will make the connection between not to jump and getting attention if you repeat this several times.
How can I train my dog not to jump?
You will have to ignore your dog every time he does something you don’t want him to do. If he jumps, try to ignore him and don’t pay attention on him. The key is to teach your dog exactly what he should do. You may tell him “sit!” and when he sits, praise him with “good boy!” and pet him. If he jumps again, ignore him again. You may go away when he jumps in order to teach him that that is not the right behaviour.
It may take some time to your dog to learn that he should not jump to greet people, but it is important to persist. When your dog finally learn how to greet you, you may test if this works when your family or friends go to your house. Your family and friends must be informed about not push your dog, not punish him and that they must pet him, praise him or give him a treat to reinforce his good behaviour. This exercise must be repeated from time to time to keep the results.
What you should not do
Ok, you finally did it. Your dog is not jumping anymore when he sees people. But some details must be taken in consideration to keep the good work. Some of them are, for instance: don’t become very enthusiastic while greeting your dog, because this might trigger his will to jump; if your dog jumps again, don’t yell at him. Calmly tell him to sit and ignore him while he doesn’t act accordingly. And never hurt your dog in any way, such as step on his toes, grab his front toes or another thing that might cause pain to him. Patience and persistence (not aggressive behaviours) are the keys to teach your dog not to jump.
Teaching and training your dog is always good. Teaching your dog not to jump is positive at several levels. It is good for you and your visitors, because when a dog jumps, sometimes, he may scare or hurt people. And it is good for the dog, because he remains calmer.
Sometimes, in certain situations, having a toy near you can help to control the situation, because it distracts the dog and he may prefer to play and not to jump. If you have already tried many times and still your dog does not learn not to jump, you may consider talk to the Veterinarian to obtain some advice. You may also seek a behaviour specialist. There are lots of Dog Trainers that can help to teach your dog with professional skills.
Sooner you start training your dog, the better. It is easier to learn while they are younger but this does not mean that an adult dog cannot learn. Keep in mind that it is vital to reproach your dog when he behaves badly but it is also very important to praise him when acting correctly. This attitude promotes and reinforces good behavior.