Nobody likes to have a handful of groceries knocked out of their hand or get muddy paw prints on their new pants as they walk through their own front door, let alone someone else's front door. Jumping up can be a cute greeting when you have a small puppy or dog at home, but as time goes on, it can become quite annoying to you and your guests. Teaching your dog to calmly greet you and your guests, without jumping, will create a much more enjoyable environment to enter into after a long day at work or when receiving guests at home.
Method One of Two:
Using Aversion TrainingEdit
1Understand the dog's behavior. In a dog's world, it is instinctual to greet another dog by coming nose-to-nose with them. This allows them to sniff each other's faces and become acquainted with the other dog's scent. Of course, your nose is a bit higher to reach so it is only natural that your dog will jump up to get closer to your face when greeting you. This can be quite annoying and unnecessary, but fortunately, the habit can be broken.
2Start discouraging the behavior early. You may think it is sweet when your dog greets you by jumping on you. For the most part, puppies think that when they jump up on someone, they are highly likely to be picked up and cuddled soon after.
- It is best to start discouraging this type of greeting behavior as early as possible. You will be excited to see your puppy as well, but if your puppy has this tendency, you can do this by practicing the no touch, no talk, no eye contact rule when greeting your puppy.
- Avoid looking or talking to your puppy until she settles down. This, in turn, will send out calming signals to her and will avoid getting her excited or anxious about your arrival.
- Puppies tend to learn very quickly, so it will be much easier to train her to greet you in a calm and desirable manner the younger she is.
- Although it isn't an issue when she is little, you may be encouraging a bad habit that could be difficult to break later when she becomes an adult. A small, 15 pound Labrador puppy jumping up on you is quite a different story than a full-grown 100 pound Labrador that could knock you over and even injure you or your guests.
3Ignore her when she jumps up. One way to teach your dog, no matter her age, that jumping up is not an acceptable greeting is to ignore her during this behavior. This involves turning your back to her and not giving her any type of attention, such as physical, vocal, or eye contact.
- As soon as your dog is calm and all four paws are on the ground, tell her she is being a good girl and give her a small treat or loving pat on the head.
- Try to talk in a calm voice and use calm petting techniques to avoid your dog becoming too excited again. If she returns to her jumping behavior, turn your back again and ignore her.
- In the early stages of this training, you may be turning in circles several times, but your dog will soon relate her jumping to your lack of attention and stop.
- As with any training, consistency is key. This means that everyone in the household and all guests should be informed that training is in progress and be willing participants. Even the occasional attention given to your dog while she is jumping can encourage her and could result in several steps backwards in your training process.
Method Two of Two:
Using Additional Training MethodsEdit
1Redirect with a sit command. The simple 'sit' command can be useful in many different situations. Most importantly, it is a great distraction technique for redirecting your dog's attention from an undesirable behavior, such as jumping up. When your dog jumps up on you, turn your back to them while keeping them in your peripheral vision. Ask her to sit and immediately praise her when she does so.
- If your dog is too excited to notice that you are asking her to sit, ignore her excited behavior until she calms down, and then repeat the command. Again, as soon as she follows your command, give her lots of praise or a special treat to let her know this is the behavior that gets rewarded, not jumping.
- With this simple command, the goal is to redirect your dog's jumping behavior with a task that should be easy to perform and then rewarded well. Your dog will soon figure out which greetings get her your full attention and which don't.
- If your dog doesn't know the sit command yet, start teaching her the command along and then try this method.
2Use a special toy. Some dogs exude such extreme excitement when greeting someone that it may be difficult and time consuming to wait for them to calm down for a redirecting sit command. If this sounds like your dog, she may be more inclined to grab a toy and shake it or hold it instead.
- Keep a special toy by your front door to throw for your dog or give to her when you come home. This will redirect her energy into playing with the toy as opposed to jumping on you or your guests.
3Stay calm. The key to keeping your dog calm, and therefore exhibit calm behavior, is to also participate in only calm behavior when you come home. Try not to use a high-pitched or loud voice when talking to her. This includes shouting at her when she starts jumping up. This type of vocal tone could encourage more excitement and jumping.
- Instead of using physical punishment to discourage bad behavior, teach your dog what behaviors get them the most rewards from you. You will have to repeat the actions of her training multiple times before she will get it.
- Don't get frustrated or upset because this will make her worse. Keep at it and she will eventually catch on
After I pat my pug dog, she gets aggressive growls, and turns in circles. What do I do?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- You need to teach her that growling isn't okay. Correct her immediately when she growls at you by saying "no" firmly but somewhat gently. If you are mad, her fear could make her more aggressive. Also, try to pat her more softly than you normally do and see if that helps.
How can I stop my puppy from attacking my boots when I wear them?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- Start by teaching your puppy the word NO. Use that word only when she is doing something you do not like. You have to use the word NO in a loud, stern voice that is different from all other ways you communicate with her, so that she knows there is something wrong. You also have to catch her in the act that you don't like, so that it will associate the word NO with the action that she is doing. Be consistent, and follow your verbal command with a light smack or moving her to a time out spot.
I have a 9 month old lab mix. No matter what I do, he jumps on me. He has knocked me down twice and hurt me. What can I do? I put him in his cage for a time out.Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- My dad would always step on the dog's hind feet when they jumped up. Not hard, but enough to make the dog get down. I also recommend turning your back on the dog when it goes to jump up and saying 'no' in a loud, low voice.
We just adopted a dog from the shelter. He was just recently neutered. But we have another already at home. Our dog won't stop humping the new dog. What can I do to stop this.Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- Dogs sometimes hump to show dominance, which seems to be your case. To stop mounting, correct your dog every time you see them do it. You can give them a light touch with a correction to get your dog to lay off. If humping isn't stopped, it can turn into a habit.
- Be sweet and kind to your dog when you are training her. Getting good behavior from your dog will be easier this way. Through patience, dedication, and consistency, you will soon be greeted by a happy pup with all four paws on the floor.
- When the dog jumps, walk into it and say "No." This gets the dog off of you and helps it to understand that is cannot jump on you.
- If your dog does not seem to be getting the hang of what you are trying to teach her, consult a professional trainer or canine behaviorist for additional guidance.
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