Tips for Teaching Your Dog Not to Jump up on People

by VetDepot on April 17, 2014

Idog jumping blogt’s fairly common for dogs to jump up on people when they’re excited. This excitement may be cute as a puppy, but as a dog grows bigger, jumping up can become increasingly frustrating for owners. For this reason, it’s best to start discouraging this behavior early on and to remain consistent.

It’s important for pet parents to understand where this behavior stems from. In canine to canine communication, greetings are often exchanged by sniffing each other’s faces, so it’s totally understandable that dogs instinctively try to apply this behavior to their interactions with people. Dogs aren’t purposely misbehaving when they jump up on people, but they do need help understanding what an appropriate greeting consists of.

One simple strategy is to ignore your dog until the jumping stops. As soon as your dog calms down, offer plenty of praise and love as a reward. In order for this to be successful, every member of the household needs to follow this plan.

When you have visitors coming over, consider putting your dog on a leash. Do not let your dog say hello to your guests until he has completely calmed down, with all four paws on the floor. If your canine companion gets excited and jumps up when he’s allowed to greet your guests, simply lead him away and try again.

Another option is to try coming down to your dog’s level. If your dog’s goal while greeting you is to get close to your face, kneeling down might eliminate the need to jump up. Try to keep your body upright while kneeling down so that you’re not hovering over your dog (which can come across as threatening). If this technique proves successful, be sure to greet your canine companion this way every time you come home until the behavior sticks.

With a little patience and consistency, it is possible to help your dog kick the jumping up habit.

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Jordan Walker April 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Thank you for sharing us this information. I agree that it’s cute as a puppy to jump up on people when they’re excited but it’s annoying if it’s no longer a pup. Not all people are please if some dog will jump up on them. So it’s best to put your dog on a leash when you have visitors.

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Connie Wolf April 22, 2014 at 6:51 am

I would be concerned about her injuring her neck if the leash is connected to a collar rather than a harness.

Using a small squirt bottle with water and a small amount of vinegar is effective for some dogs. Make it seem to come out of nowhere and aim for the dog’s mouth – they don’t like the taste.

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lori cenicola April 22, 2014 at 10:01 am

if you choose to ignore the dog while he is jumping, and AS SOON as he stops, lots of praise, but it’s all about the timing too.. as soon as he starts to jump igonore him and pet him when he doesn’t.also some dogs do it as an alpha thing. if your dog choosed to jump to say i’m in charge, then walk into him, do not let him push you back, you must push him backwards and walk into his space, making it your space.

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Caryl Anne June 10, 2014 at 11:31 am

This article was very informative and insightful! In my opinion, these are great tips of advice anyone dealing with this issue could use and follow. Thanks so much for sharing!

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