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Today is: Wednesday January 17, 2018

How To Stop Your Dog From Jumping On People

Dogs jumping on people can not only be an annoyance, but it can also be dangerous, particularly to the elderly, children, or sick people. Dogs jump on people to get attention, even if it is negative attention.

In helping to teach your dog not to jump on people, here are some suggestions:

  • Whatever you do always be consistent. Do not allow him to jump on people ever. Do not teach your puppy to jump on people. When your puppy gets older, he will not understand why he is not allowed to jump on you anymore.

  • Teach him to sit. Only give him praise when he sits.

  • When you greet your dog, squat down to him to his level.

  • Don't allow visitors to let him jump on them.

  • Enroll in obedience classes.

A technique can be used to help curb your dogs jumping. Whenever you notice that he is starting to jump, turn your body sideways and extend your leg or lean over and with your hip block him so that he can not jump on you. DO NOT knee your dog in the chest. Once he has all four paws on the floor and he is sitting down, squat down to him and give him attention. Soon, he will learn that by calmly sitting on the floor he will get your attention.

You may also want to consider purchasing a no jump harness.

You may find it helpful to have treats by the door. When someone enters the door give him a treat to help distract him. This will redirect his energy towards the treats until the excitement of someone coming into the house is over. Also, when someone does come in the house, keep the greetings low key and try not to get excited.

It will take a week or so to stop your dog from jumping, but with consistency and following the above steps will you can break him of this bad habit.

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