Puppies and dogs jump up on people. It’s how they say hello and because we are taller. When dogs meet other dogs, they say hello by sniffing each other’s faces. That’s what they like to do when greeting us. It’s just natural for them to try to reach our faces and get our attention. What to Do About the Problem? Like a lot of behavior with our dogs you can teach them not to jump on you when she is saying hello. The trick is to teach her that she should keep her front paws on the ground when saying hello. Our top tips are to not reward her with any attention unless her front paws are on the floor. And as soon as her front feet land on the floor you instantly reward her with your attention.
To put this in to practice don’t push your dog away if she jumps on you, rather, stand up, don’t make eye contact. If she still won’t stop jumping, then you need to turn away. The minute her paws hit the ground pat her and tell her she’s good. If she jumps again, repeat the standing up straight and ignoring her trick. Repeating this consistently teaches her how she needs to behave if she wants your attention.
Some dogs just get really excited when they are saying hello to people. One tip is for you to keep a toy handy to distract the dog and allow them to have that to play with, maybe throw that to them. Teaching your dog not to jump up on you and other people can be really tough. If you are having real problems with your dog and this type of behavior why not check out our team of professional dog trainers from our dog training helpline talking through options for how to handle this aggravating habit on our latest training webinar.
The GDH Team will cover:
Why Dogs Jump Up
How the Owner’s Reaction Can Make Jumping Worse
Teaching an Alternate Behavior to Jumping Up
The GoodDog! Helpline team is comprised of experienced dog trainers who man a seven-day a week telephone advice service for dog owners. Get the 'Why Does My Dog Jump On Me' webinar here.