Stop a Dog Jumping | Dogs and Puppies
For many dog owners, it’s the natural warmth and loyalty of the animal that makes them so appealing as pets. However, one trait that needs to be curbed quickly despite its affectionate intention is the tendency for a dog to jump up to greet you. While you may appreciate this, other people (especially young children) may see it as a threat, so it’s important to stop a dog jumping at an early age.
Stop Dogs Jumping – Training Tips
- First of all, it’s essential to remember that in most dogs, jumping is simply a sign of affection. However, it is a trait that needs to be controlled carefully, as those unaccustomed to life around dogs can misinterpret the behaviour. Therefore, ensure all members of the house are aware of their responsibilities in regards to the dog – everyone will need to work together to show the dog this behaviour is not advisable.
- As soon as your dog begins to jump, gently grab hold of his paws – this move will take him by surprise. Command in a firm voice ‘No’ or ‘Off’ before releasing. Allow the dog a couple of seconds to consider his actions, and then offer a reward if he shows no signs of jumping again – this will encourage him to literally keep his feet on the ground..
- If the dog continues to jump, give him the cold shoulder treatment. Repeat off before turning your back to him. This should make the dog realise the consequences of his actions. In the most severe cases, another effective method to curb hyperactive behaviour is to isolate your dog in a room for a minute or two until he begins to whine – take this as an apology for jumping and offer up a reward. The dog will quickly realise the benefits that come with holding back from jumping.
- Finally, remember that training a dog to stop jumping is never going to be easy in the early stages – it’s natural to feel completely frustrated with the process at times - but if you stick with it, the dog should begin to show signs of good behaviour after a couple of weeks.