Your precious pup greets you at the door by jumping on you. You think, how cute, so you respond with lots of verbal praise and petting. Your dog thinks, “this is great, I jump on my human and they love me”.
Time passes, your dog grows and the jump becomes more forceful. Nothing changed in your dog’s mind, but now when he jumps, he hears a harsh voice accompanied by an unfriendly facial expression. He’s confused, but is still being acknowledged so the jumping continues. Your dog doesn’t care if you’re harsh; he’ll just become more excited, jump more, and may even start barking.
You have probably received a variety of advice such as; kneeing your dog in the chest, stepping on their paws to even striking them. If the well-meaning advice fails, take some time and learn your dogs’ language.
Observe dogs interacting. You will notice when a dog jumps on another dog, the uninterested dog will simply turn away or may even walk off. The jumping dog loses interest and will find something else to do.
When your dog jumps on you, make no eye contact, no verbal contact and turn away from him. You are removing what he wants; your attention. When he stops jumping, give him a replacement behavior such as a sit-stay, and then reward your pup.
When you have guests, attach a leash to your dog’s collar and cue your dog to ‘sit’. When your pup is sitting calmly ask your guests to pet your pup. If they try to jump on your company, ask them to ignore the dog and when your dog sits, they can continue petting them. If you are consistent, your pup will learn to sit instead of jump.
For additional tips on jumping dogs, contact Lillian Sikorski.