Dogs love jumping up at people. Dog jumping it’s a way to say “Hi, nice to meet you, let’s play”. We simply melt down when we watch such a lovely dog being so sweet and friendly with us, don’t we?
For most of the people there is no problem with dog jumping … if the dog is small, of course. Now, what about a huge dog like a Great Dane, for example? The person will probably end up on the floor. Uff, I can’t imagine such a disaster!
The truth is that it’s not good practice to allow our dog to jump up at us or at other people, even if he is a Chihuahua.
Items You’ll Need To Teach Your Dog Not To Jump
- Training Collar and Leash (Leerburg’s Leashes are the best)
- Treats (For Positive Reinforcement Methods)
In the following section I will show you how to train your dog to prevent him from jumping up at people by using Positive Reinforcement Techniques and the Traditional Method. It’s your choice which of the two you will use.
Teaching Your Dog Not To Jump:
Positive Reinforcement Methods
The idea of using positive reinforcement is to show your dog that …
- When he jumps, the fun and the attention that he craves for ends right there.
- When he quits jumping, the fun goes on.
If your dog is 7 months old or less, the best way to stop such behavior is IGNORING him when he jumps.
- When your puppy is in front of you, start telling him, “Good boy!” in an enthusiastic manner, until he starts jumping up at you.
- Turn away from him, quick, and ignore him, do not make eye contact.
- When your puppy is on his four legs, go down to his level and give him some attention.
- If he starts jumping up at you again, ignore him again. Continue the process until he gets the idea. That way you reinforce the desirable behavior and ignore the undesirable one, so it goes away.
- Use the 6” leash and tie your dog to a tree or whatever suits you best.
- I recommend using dog training treatsso, fill up your pockets with yummy treats!.
- Move back at least 16 feet away from your dog and start walking toward him eagerly and enthusiastically. Make all the faces and mimics you use to make for him (we are good at that).
- As soon as your dog jumps up at you, STOP, and calmly take some steps backward, without saying a word.
- Wait for him to calm down; then, enthusiastically start walking toward him again. Repeat the process, if necessary, until you approach him without him jumping at you.
- Give him some treats and lots of love and attention.
The purpose of this exercise is for your puppy to stop jumping (He doesn’t have to sit), so do not use the SITor DOWN commands because they are used under other circumstances, and your puppy might get confused.
Teaching Your Dog Not To Jump:
The techniques in the traditional method consist in making a correction to eliminate unwanted behavior.
Such corrections intend to provoke an unpleasant sensation in the dog so he desists the dog jumping behavior.
Follow this steps:
- Start playing with your dog in an enthusiastic way, encouraging him to jump up at you.
- As soon as your dog jumps up, bring your knee forward and bump him back. (Don’t stop playing with him because he will think that youare angry ).
- It’s not necessary to say “NO!”, just go on playing with him and increase the intensity of the corrections, if necessary.
- Your dog will learn that it’s not worthy to jump up at you, and will think otherwise, even when you are both still playing excitedly.
- Now, try turning your back at him. If he jumps up at you, just lift your leg backwards to cause the same effect as in step 2.
- If your dog desists jumping up at you, yet continues jumping up at other people, use the training collar and line and make the correction by doing a snap of the line every time your dog jumps up at other people. You can practice this with your family and your friends over and over again, until he desists.
- Practice in front of the door with a member of the family or a friend. When your friend or relative enters the house and your dog jumps up at him (her), make the correction (snap the line while saying “NO!”
Remember: Always act as firmly and convincing as necessary.
Use an enthusiastic tone of voice at all times so that your dog gets used to it. He won’t jump up at people when they greet him with an effusive tone of voice.
It’s very important that each family member practices the techniques because your dog might not jump up at you, but he might do it to them, specially when he doesn’t identify any of them as a leader.
Remember that corrections should be consistent and firm in order to make your dog understand. Consistency = habit.