How do you teach your dog not to jump? This is a question asked by pet parents time and again. Even the most well-trained dogs sometimes have a tendency to jump. Even when you have trained your pet to stop doing all of the other behaviors that you would rather she not do, she might still be jumping on you (and others). If this sounds familiar to you, what must you do to stop it from happening again?
Do All Dogs Jump?
It would be completely unfair to assume that all dogs always jump. That said, many of them do. You can’t really tell ahead of time which dogs will be the worst offenders based on dog breed. To a certain extent, dogs are like people. They all have their own unique personalities. Some have a tendency to be more excitable than others. Unfortunately, this sometimes results in a tendency to jump. You could theoretically get two dogs from the same litter and have one that jumps on everyone they see while the other one is as calm as a cucumber. If your dog has a tendency to be a bit neurotic, there is a greater tendency for her to jump. The same is true for virtually any dog that hasn’t been well trained or well socialized.
Why Do Dogs Jump?
As previously mentioned, she may be jumping on you because she feels insecure about something. A dog that suffers from separation anxiety often jumps when someone comes through the door. This can be made even worse if she is attached only to you and you spend several hours away from her most days. Of course, this isn’t the only reason that dogs jump. Some of them do it because they are looking for attention. Others have been inadvertently “trained” by their people to jump. More will be discussed about that later. For now, you need to know that there are many reasons why your dog may be jumping. Fortunately, with patience and consistency, all of them can be corrected.
How Do You Teach Your Dog Not To Jump?
If your dog jumps on you and every other person who walks through the door, don’t despair. There are a few simple things you can do that will help. It isn’t likely to change things overnight, but if you stick to it, things will change. So, what should you do to put a stop to all of this? First and foremost, you have to stop doing what you’re probably doing. If you speak to your dog or even put your hands on her, you are essentially giving her exactly what she wants- attention. Granted, you’re doing it in an attempt to stop her from jumping, but that’s not necessarily how she sees it. She wants attention and you’re giving it to her. When you tell her to stop jumping, you’re talking to her. When you put your hands on her to push her off of you, you’re touching her. In short, you are reinforcing the very behavior that you want to put a stop to. It’s much like training your dog to come when called.
If that’s the case, what are you supposed to do? The answer may surprise you. Don’t speak and don’t touch your dog. Instead, simply turn your back to her and refuse to give her any attention whatsoever until she stops jumping and sits down. In time, she will figure out that jumping won’t get her what she wants and she’ll stop doing it. You can reinforce things by giving her extra attention when she sits calmly. You might even decide to add some dog treats.
What If Your Dog Jumps On Other People?
There are times when your dog may get overexcited because someone knocks on the door. This could cause her to jump, even if you have successfully stopped her from jumping when it’s just the two of you. How do you fix it? One of the best ways to handle this is to have friends and family come over to the house and knock on the door. When she gets too excited, both you and your guest must turn away from her and ignore her until she settles down. If you do this a few times, you will teach her that she doesn’t need to get excitable when someone knocks on the door. It’s all part of properly socializing her. She will also learn that jumping isn’t going to get her anywhere with guests, either. Once she learns this, she’ll stop doing it. Again, you can incorporate treats into the training regimen. You don’t have to, but it can be an effective technique if you are having problems getting her to focus her attention in the right direction. In some cases, the addition of a favorite treat can also help speed the process along.
What If Your Dog Is Hyper?
While almost all dogs jump at one time or another, some of them have a more difficult time learning not to than others. Hyper dogs do have a tendency to jump more than dogs with a calm demeanor. It’s not really all that different from children on a playground. Some are naturally more calm than others and some are practically climbing the walls. When your dog jumps because she is hyper, the worst thing you can do is get frustrated with her. She’s not doing any of it to intentionally irritate you. It’s far more likely that she simply gets so excited that she can no longer contain her behavior. Long walks and some serious playtime can go a long way toward fixing problems of this nature. When your dog no longer has a ton of pent-up energy, it becomes much easier to deal with certain behaviors such as jumping.
The easiest time to begin training your dog not to jump is when she is a puppy. It’s hard to do it because it isn’t easy to turn away from a little puppy who’s just trying to get you to hold her. That said, you’ll be glad you set these boundaries after she grows up, especially if she gets big enough to knock you flat every time she jumps on you. If you adopt an older dog that hasn’t been properly trained, give her a few days to adjust to her new surroundings and then begin the training. It can be a bonding experience for the two of you and it keeps you both safe as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get my dog to stop jumping on people?
The most effective way to get your dog to stop jumping on people is to refrain from rewarding her when she jumps. Don’t give her the attention she craves. Instead, withhold your attention until she calms down.
How does Cesar Milan teach a dog not to jump?
Cesar Milan talks a great deal about making yourself the pack leader in the household. According to him, you shouldn’t give your dog any attention at all when you come through the door, lest she begins to associate your coming through the door with being petted.
How do I stop my hyper dog from jumping?
If your dog is hyper, it’s probably because she isn’t getting enough exercise. This is especially true if you’re gone a lot and she’s left at home by herself all day long. Play games with her and give her a couple of long walks every day. It can do wonders for her health and her behavior.
Why do dogs jump on you?
As previously mentioned, dogs usually jump because they are excited to see you and they want attention. In many cases, it all comes down to accidentally teaching your dog that she will get attention when she does things you’d probably rather she not do. In some cases, it happens because she is hyper or because something has upset her routine.