Jumping up makes sense to your dog. If they would like to get your attention and jumping up has worked before, they’ll keep doing it.
Think about what’s happening now for your dog.
Here’s the most common scenario I find when I’m asked to help a family whose dog is continually jumping up:
- Dog Jumps Up Human
- Human Interacts With Dog Saying ‘Get Down’, Sometimes Pushing Them
- Dog Has All Four Paws On The Floor
- NOTHING HAPPENS FOR THE DOG
- Dog Jumps Up Again…
- Repeat day in, day out!
We’re not going to teach our dogs ‘not to jump’. How would we do that?! After all, they don’t understand the word ‘no’. If you’re shaking your head as you’re reading this, please consider something… if you think your dog understands when you say ‘no’, then why are they still jumping up people?
We are going to teach our dogs what we would like them to do instead of jumping.
What Would You Like Your Dog To Do?
This is the first step. Before you do anything, decide how you would like your dog to greet people. Usually that’s either standing with all paws on the floor, or sitting down.
Have a chat with the people you live with and anyone else who is involved in caring for your dog. Decide together what you would like your dog to do so you can all work towards the same aim.
I would suggest that if you’re happy to do so, start with the aim of your dog sitting to greet people. The reason for this is that most people have started working on a sit cue with their dog already and a dog can’t jump when they’re sitting… well, I’ve met a few dogs who would give it a good try, but it is more difficult for them!
So, our aim is that when a visitor comes to the house or we’re out with our dog, they sit to greet the approaching human.
Our first job is to teach an awesome sit cue. So, give yourself time to do this before you worry about anything else.
Then, when your dog is consistently sitting when you ask, you can ask them to sit BEFORE they jump and then make sure you reward them while they’re sitting. Don’t start doing this when you get home from work and your dog is super-excited to see you. Start when you’re relaxed at home with your dog. As they approach you, ask them to sit, then reward them. You can gradually build up the distraction level and enjoy the new approach from your dog.
For the full guide to ensure there’s ‘No More Jumping Up’, please click here.