How to Train Your Dog Not to Jump

PUBLISHED 01 May 2013 AUTHOR CATEGORY

When a dog jumps up on you upon entering the home, it is because they are excited and want to play. However, such behavior can cause injuries and even prevent friends and family from wanting to visit.

To help avoid such a situation, here are tips for how to train your dog not to jump: 

Ignore your dog until it calms down.

Many owners greet excited dogs with excited energy or praise in return. However, this just tells the dog that it is acceptable to jump on you and that it will be rewarded for doing so. Even if you push the dog away and scold it, you are still giving it attention.

Instead, when your dog comes to greet you, do not look at, speak to, or touch the dog for the first few minutes until it is completely calm. After it is relaxed and remaining on the floor, then you can greet it, but avoid using an excitable energy because this may only cause your dog to jump again.

Train the dog using treats and light praise.

When training your dog not to jump, you can do so by repeatedly entering and exiting a room. If your dog jumps up to greet you, do not make a sound and immediately exit the room. When the dog finally stays on the floor, you can then reward it with a treat and light praise.

Another way of doing this is by using a baby gate to block your dog from being with you. If you approach the gate and the dog jumps, simply turn away from the gate and do not acknowledge the dog in any way. Once it stops jumping on the gate as you approach, you can reward it with a treat and light praise.

Only introduce the dog to guests when it is calm.

Once your dog has been trained not to jump up on you, then it is time to train it not to jump up on guests as well. To do this, be sure to only allow the dog to see guests when it is in a calm state.

To help keep the dog calm, let your guests know not to get it excited when it approaches. You can also keep your dog on a short leash when introducing it to guests.

If the dog is too excited by guests, it may be best to keep the dog in a quiet area until they leave. This will help keep your guests from feeling too uncomfortable around the dog or accidentally being injured.

Always watch your energy.

The success of any kind of dog training mostly has to do with the kind of energy you exert as the pack leader. As long as you are calm and assertive, and include regular dog training in your daily routine, your dog will likely become less excitable and more relaxed overall.

It is important to remember that dogs that jump are not bad dogs. In most cases, they simply want to greet and play with you. However, with these tips for how to train your dog not to jump, you can reduce the excitable energy and have a more approachable dog.

 

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