It is very unsettling for guests when they come to your door and your dog jumps all over them. It is even more stressful for people who don’t like dogs or are afraid of dogs, or small children or the elderly who can get knocked down. As a pet parent this can be very embarrassing and can even result in a lawsuit if someone is hurt.
It is common etiquette among dogs that they greet each other face-to-face. This is okay for dog to dog interaction, but not for dog to human interactions. It’s normal for dogs to want to jump up on us, reach our faces and receive attention. As a pet parent, you have to teach your dog that when is okay in the dog world does not apply to their interactions with people.
Teaching Your Dog To Stop Jumping
So how do you teach your dog to stop jumping up? I have seen people knee the dog in the chest when he jumps up. I have seen others use shock collars and shock the dog when he jumps up. This is so not the Bark Busters way. We do not believe in using any form of pain to train your dog. These methods do not really communicate to your dog what you want him to do instead.
The thing you have to remember is your dog needs to keep four paws on the floor. Bark Busters will teach your dog using a combination of communication and leadership versus any form of punishment. Start simply when it’s just you and your dog and you have your dog’s attention. Should your dog start jumping up in a bid for attention, we will teach you a vocal correction. You need to be ready to issue your vocal correction as soon as his paws leave the floor – don’t wait until he is in mid-air. As soon as he resumes a sitting position, praise him. Try not to get too exuberant with your praise by using your hands to pet him, as he may think you want to play and start jumping again.
Practice makes perfect. If you’re entering a room and your dog starts to jump up, go right back out the door, leaving it open just a crack. Through the crack in the door, say “Sit.” When your dog sits, you can enter the room and gently pet her. If she jumps up again, quickly stand up and walk right back out of the room again, closing the door behind you. Keep repeating this sequence until your dog stops jumping up.
The key is consistency and repetition. Your dog may not learn the first time you try the exercise, but if you keep at it, he will learn. Understand that dogs react the same way to certain triggers. Don’t sabotage your own efforts by acting inconsistently. For instance, when you come through the door after a long day, don’t laugh and start hugging him when he jumps up on you. This will jeopardize your training efforts.
Your dog won’t understand if you allow him to jump on you but don’t allow him to jump on visitors. The same rules need to apply for all. The rule is simple…if you don’t want your dog to jump up at everybody then he must not jump up at anybody – including you. A dog cannot make the judgement as to who he can and cannot jump up at, so you must teach him never to jump up at anybody. He is greeted and praised when he has four paws on the ground.
Your dog will start making the connection that four feet on the floor brings attention and affection.
If you need any help with this or any other issues, give me – Harvey Kaplan — a call. Or email me. I look forward to teaching you how to have a well-behaved dog!