Stop Jumping

How To Stop a Dog From Jumping

Dogs recognize each by touching noses, and they just want to do the same with us. Because our noses are not accessible to them, they jump up to reach them. Here are some essential steps you can take to stifle the problem jumping behavior.

  1. Establish dominance as a pack leader. Without a clear pack leader, a dog will fill the vacant role, usually with unfavorable results. The pack leader projects a calm but assertive energy.
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  2. Don't increase the excitement. Keep greetings quiet and low-key when you get home. Ignore your dog if he jumps on you, and then turn and go out the door. You may have to repeat this numerous times before your dog learns he will only get your attention when he keeps all of his feet on the ground.
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  3. Extinguishing the jump. The dog’s mom is the ultimate pack leader, and she would never permit inappropriate behaviors. When she sees something she unacceptable, she moves the puppy out of the way in a calm, assertive manner to stop the action. The puppy acquires a significant lesson in boundaries, and her strong, unambiguous direction balances the puppy’s passive role in the pack.
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  4. Jumping on visitors. If your dog jumps on your guests, he is making sure that they know he is in charge. However, your dog will follow your commands when he considers you his pack leader.
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  5. Be a leader all of the time. Leadership is permanent. Inconsistency triggers anxiety, confusion, and erratic dog behavior. Make sure not to waver from your role as pack leader.

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Often behavior such as jumping up on people has been unintentionally reinforced. Similar to the way your dog learned that sitting gets him praise and perhaps a treat, when he jumps up on you, you respond, inadvertently reinforcing the problem behavior. Although training an alternate behavior may take a little time and persistence, it is worth it in the end.
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