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How to Stop Your Dogs from Jumping

A Step-by-Step Guide

how to stop your dogs from jumpingDoes your furry friend greet you with a flying leap? Dog jumping can be adorable as a puppy, but not so much as a grown dog. This guide will help you unravel the reasons behind jumping and teach you how to stop your dog from jumping up – for good! Think about the process of how to stop your dog jumping as a puzzle; by combining several pieces to get results that stick.

Understanding Why Dogs Jump

Before tackling the behavior, let’s understand the motivation:

  1. Attention Seeking: Often, jumping is a successful attention-getter. Your dog learns that leaping gets them pets, cuddles, or playtime.
  2. Excitement: Happy greetings can lead to enthusiastic jumps.
  3. Dominance (Myth): While once thought to be dominance, research shows dogs don’t seek status with humans.

Key to Success: Stop Rewarding the Jump

The key to stopping jumping is to stop rewarding it unintentionally. Here’s how:

  1. Identify Triggers: Notice when your dog jumps – excited greetings, meeting new people, etc.
  2. Avoid Reactions: Pushing, yelling, or even petting can reinforce the behavior. Instead, stay calm and avoid eye contact.

Management Strategies to Prevent Jumping

  1. Leash Up at Home: Use a leash to control greetings with guests or when your dog is more likely to jump.
  2. Baby Gates: Create physical barriers to prevent jumping on guests.
  3. Exercise & Mental Stimulation: A tired dog is less jumpy! Ensure your dog gets enough exercise and mental challenges.
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Step-by-Step Guide to Stop Jumping

1. The “Off” is On: Teach your dog a “four-on-the-floor” command like “off.” Reward calm greetings with pets, treats, or praise.
2. “Go Say Hi” – The Alternative Behavior: Train an alternative behavior like a calm “go say hi” greeting.

  • Have your dog on a leash.
  • As they approach someone, ask them to sit or stand politely.
  • If they remain calm, reward them with pets or treats, and allow them to greet the person.

3. The Non-Confrontational Interrupt:

Even with management, jumps may happen. Here’s how to respond calmly:

  • Step away or turn sideways when your dog jumps, removing yourself from the “reward.”
  • Wait for all four paws on the ground, then reward with calm praise or petting.

Consistency is Key

The key to success is consistency! Everyone interacting with your dog should follow these steps. With patience and positive reinforcement, you’ll have a well-mannered pup who greets everyone with a wag, not a jump!

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