How To Train A Puppy Not To Jump On You

How to Get a Dog to Stop Jumping on You

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When dogs are puppies, jumping is a big deal, but it can become a problem as they grow older.
Learning how to train a dog not to jump on you is important not only for good manners but also for injury prevention. It also comes in handy when you have guests.
Let’s take a look at how to break this habit in any situation and teach your dog to greet you, your family, and strangers calmly.

What Makes Dogs Jump?

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Dogs jump for two reasons: to greet you and say hello; and because jumping is frequently rewarded with excitement and affection by humans.
Dogs communicate with one another by sniffing each other’s muzzles and bottoms in the doggy world. So, when you first brought your new puppy home, he was a polite puppy who sniffed your muzzle to say hello (i.e., face your face). Puppies, on the other hand, tend to jump up to say hello because your face is so high. This leads to the second point, which is reinforcement.
When your new puppy or dog jumped up to say hello when you brought them home, you probably petted, scratched, and made a big, happy fuss over them. The act of jumping up is reinforced by this reaction. Your dog has discovered that jumping up attracts attention, which is exactly what he desires.
Let’s look for a solution now that you know the two main reasons why a dog jumps up.

How to Get a Dog to Stop Jumping

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The good news is that you can quickly teach your new puppy not to jump. Adult dogs will require a little more training because they’ve learned that jumping gets them attention through repetition. Negative attention, too, is attention.

Train your puppy not to jump on you before he or she is ready.

Before tackling jumping on guests or others, start by training your puppy not to jump on you. It’s critical to teach your dog how to succeed with the fewest possible distractions.
Consider all of the times your dog has jumped on you. The following are some examples of common scenarios:
  • When you get back home,
  • Participate in games
  • Place his leash around his neck.
  • Dinnertime
It’s time to get started, so fill your pockets with some healthy and tasty dog treats.
This is your puppy’s new rule. You pay no attention to him when he jumps up. He’s what I call a “dog that goes unnoticed.” Don’t use the words “no” or “off.” Act as if he isn’t there. You can even walk out of the room or turn your back.
Squat down to his level (remember, he wants to see your face) and calmly pet him when he places all four paws on the floor. Don’t get overly excited or rough with your pet, as this will encourage jumping and even mouthing. If he keeps his paws on the ground and remains calm, you can give him a small treat.
If he jumps back up—or should I say, when he does—immediately stand up and repeat the invisible dog reaction. Pay no attention to him and wait for all four paws to hit the floor. Give him some attention and a treat once he’s done. This will become your new normal. Jumping up equals an invisible dog, while four on the floor equals attention and possibly a treat.
This also means that he won’t get what he was jumping up for when you’re feeding him, putting on his leash, or any other time he jumps up. Wait for him to place four on the floor before opening the door, putting on his leash, and so on.
You’ll need to schedule some extra time to accommodate this training. It will take some effort on your part, but in the end, you’ll be teaching your puppy that jumping won’t get him anything and that keeping his paws on the floor will.
This training method should be followed by all members of the family. Make sure everyone understands what’s going on. You can start by asking for a sit instead of four-on-the-floor behavior as your dog learns new behaviors.

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Jumping on People

You should start working on your puppy’s not jumping up on friends or strangers once you’ve consistently trained him not to jump up on you. This can be a little more difficult because you’ll be training both your puppy and your friend! Let your friend know about your puppy’s new training protocol before introducing them to your pet. Tell them that your puppy is learning that jumping up does not get him any attention.
Attach your puppy’s leash to his harness before inviting your friend over. You’ll also want to keep some healthy and tasty treats in your wallet. Place some less exciting treats near the front door for your friends to grab. Explain to your friend that they should put the treats in their pocket when they come over.
Make a smoochy noise as your friend enters the house to draw your puppy’s attention to you. Then, as a reward for paying attention to you, give your puppy a treat. We want your puppy to be comfortable around strangers, but we also want him to learn that it’s all about you—that you’re the one with all the valuables.
Walk calmly over to your guest with your puppy on his leash and tell him to “go say hello.” Have your guest calmly call your puppy over at this point. Your guest should give your puppy a treat if he keeps four on the floor. Your guest should ignore the puppy if he jumps up. If this occurs, call the puppy over to you and request that he sit. Repeat this process until your puppy understands how to place his paws on the floor to receive a treat from your visitor.
Make it short and sweet as your puppy receives the treat from your guest. You give your puppy the treat, say hello, and call him back to you for a sit and treat. By doing so, you’re maintaining your puppy’s energy level and reinforcing that you have all the real treats. This teaches your puppy that visitors are pleasant but not particularly exciting.
When your puppy or dog is still learning not to jump, having him on his harness and leash with you during your guest’s visit may be reliable. Repeat the hello process at random times during your visit. This could happen while your guest is sitting on the sofa or standing up to enter another room. The more you train your puppy, the better he will become at keeping four on the floor.

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Jumping on Strangers

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It’s a little different when it comes to teaching your puppy not to jump on strangers. Don’t just rush over to a friendly person when you’re out walking your puppy. Ask the stranger if you and your puppy can come over to say hello when you’re about five feet away.
If the stranger agrees, grab some treats and start rewarding your puppy for good behavior. Approach the stranger slowly.You’re not going to ask the stranger to assist you with your puppy’s training this time; instead, you’re going to squat down and get down on your puppy’s level right away. While you’re down there, you’ll slip your hand into your puppy’s harness and give your puppy some treats. The reason for this is that you want to make sure your puppy doesn’t jump on or scratch strangers.
Give your puppy a treat for keeping four on the floor. It’s short and to-the-point. Thank the stranger and give your puppy a special treat for walking away. During the learning stage, repeat this process with as many people as possible. Once your puppy is very good at keeping four on the floor, you can think about not squatting down with him or her.

How to Get a Dog to Stop Jumping Up on the Counter

Dogs can learn not only that jumping equals attention but also that jumping up on the counter equals great prizes. You can see why it’s such a common behavior when your dog is rewarded with things like food, snacks, paper towels, napkins, or even your attention by jumping up on the counter, end table, or dining room table.
Counter surfing is a term used to describe jumping up on the counter. If everyone in the family is willing to train, it can be a fairly easy behavior to change.
The rules are straightforward. Your dog could grab everything from your counters and tables. Your dog will not be able to receive a prize if he jumps up. If you and your family are consistent in clearing the counters and tables, your dog will learn that jumping on the counter does not result in anything exciting, and the behavior will eventually fade away.
During this learning stage, those counters and end tables must be free of clutter. As your puppy grows older, you can start putting more things on your counters. However, don’t do it too quickly. You want to make sure your puppy isn’t trying to jump on the counters anymore.

Educating a Puppy vs. Educating an Adult Dog

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The same training principles apply to teaching a puppy not to jump up and teaching an adult dog not to jump up. Puppies, on the other hand, start out with a pretty clean slate, which makes it easier for them to learn how to behave in a good way.
When it comes to training, adult dogs who have spent months or even years learning that jumping equals good things require more time and patience. Instead of training a new behavior from the beginning, pet owners need to focus on untraining an old one.
Both a puppy and an adult dog can learn not to jump with good management, positive reinforcement, and the entire family on the same page.