Teaching Your Dog NOT To Jump
I’m sure we’ve all been there before – our wonderful little doggies are so excited to see us (or any company that comes over), they will jump up on you and scratch at your leg, beg for attention and jump some more.
This is undesired behavior and needs to be nipped in the bud. There are several methods to stop this from occurring every time you come home or company pops over for a visit.
Method #1 Ignore
If your dog is in front of you and they are getting ready to jump, the moment their feet leave the floor, turn your back on them. Dogs crave attention and crave positive attention and when you are not paying attention to them, they start to figure out that if they do the bad behavior, they won’t get any praise or attention from you.
If the dog continues and starts to paw or scratch at your legs, or runs around in front of you to try to jump again, turn your back on them again.
Keep on doing this until the dog decides he/she is going to do a more desired behavior such as sitting. Once the dog sits or does another desired behavior, praise them emphatically.
If this causes the dog to jump up and down, repeat turning your back on them until they resume the desired behavior and then praise them again.
Repeat until the dog is doing the behavior that you desire.
Method #2 Stop
Not my favorite choice, but it will work for some I suppose.
As your dog is jumping up, hold out your open hand palm facing down and push down on their face/nose and say “DOWN” as you gently push them to the floor/ground. Dog’s noses are sensitive and will not like the pressure you put on it and if you are consistent and do it every time the dog jumps, it should be successful.
Method #3 Sit
Make sure your dog knows the “sit” command. Whenever your dog goes to jump on you, tell him/her to sit.
If they continue to jump, turn your back on them and ignore them.
If the dog sits down, turn around and praise them highly. If they start to jump again, repeat saying “sit” and if that does not work, turn your back, until they understand they will not get praise or attention until they sit.
Method #4 Leash
Not a favorite method of mine, but it will work for some, I suppose.
Take your dog outside, leashed.
If your dog starts to jump up on you, in a firm voice say “NO” (but not too harshly, the dog will wonder why you are so angry so quickly).
With your dog facing you, put the leash on the ground and step on it, so that the next time the dog jumps, he will only get a few inches off the ground.
If the dog does not jump, make sure to treat them and praise them.
As always it is very important to be patient with your dog and not to harm them or hurt them. Give as much positive attention to them when they do something right. Have some of their favorite treats handy to moderately treat them when they do something good.