... how to train a dog to stop this bad habit
How to get your dog to stop jumping on people. A misbehaving puppy or dog can hurt you or another so taking care of this problem is key. Free puppy training tips and more.
How to Stop Your Dog from Jumping On People
Like most forms of unwanted dog behavior, this is a behavior that is completely natural for your puppy or dog and would not be considered “unwanted’ if your dog was in the wild. Leaping on a pack mate gets their attention effectively, and most other dogs are not worried about getting clothes dirty or getting scratched or knocked over by some impressive paws.
However, for human beings, this can be a nuisance, and a little bit painful. Large dogs can accidentally give you crushing blows, while small dogs can dirty up your clothes with their paws or accidentally scratch up your legs.
What makes this worse is that it is difficult to ignore a bouncing dog, and they receive accidental rewards whenever they exhibit the behavior. When you come home and your dog bounces up to say hello, every time you look at your dog or bend towards your dog as a response, you are accidentally rewarding the behavior.
Training your dog out of this behavior, requires two things:
* Staying firm and consistent with your pet.
* Choosing a single “Off” command and sticking with it.
Staying firm and consistent with your pet is key – and that does not just mean making your pet stay off you. It also means telling your friends, family, and anyone else your dog comes into contact with to not allow your dog to jump on them.
It also requires the use of the “Off” command – a command that you use for no other tricks, so that “Off” is known specifically as a command to get off anyone it's jumping on. In addition, after using the command, start ignoring your dog and walking away so they are not rewarded with your attention or your affection.
It is especially important that you are as firm and consistent with your guests about this rule as you are with your dog. Often times strangers will insist they do not mind this behavior, but if your dog jumps on them, it is likely they will do this to other guests that may not be so pleased with it.
As long as you stick to your guns and stay consistent, this is a puppy and dog behavior that will easily go away, especially as you continue to give acknowledgement to your dog when it is doing the right thing. To learn more techniques for addressing dog behaviors, sign up for our free newsletter today.