Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog Not to Jump on People

This post is part of the series Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics

Other posts in this series:

  1. Beyond the Basics: Loose Leash Walking
  2. Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog Boundaries
  3. Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog Not to Jump on People (Current)
  4. Beyond the Basics: How to Teach Your Dog to Speak

Having a dog that jumps on everyone he meets can be a real pain.  We should know, our very first dog ever was a Jack Russell Terrier puppy.  I knew nothing about dog training, or even just about dogs.  I couldn’t contain him, he jumped on everyone and everything.  He was a nightmare puppy.

Why Jumping on People Shouldn’t Be Allowed

Luckily, he was a small dog.  Weighing in at only about 10 pounds.  At least he wasn’t big enough to knock most people over.  People jumping large breed dogs can knock people over.  Easily.  They can be a big danger, especially to small children and the unsteady elderly, or me.

Even at my age a big dog knocks me off balance.  I brace myself every time I see my former foster Pit Bull, (now 2 years old) Amelia, coming for me.  Although, I’m the only person she likes to jump on.  I feel special every time, once I get her down on all fours again.  And this is why you shouldn’t let even small puppies jump on you, they remember that you allowed it years later when they are not small puppies anymore.

Not to mention dogs’ nails.  Even regularly clipped dog nails can still hurt.  Especially, if they hit your face.  Also, jumping dogs can soil or tear clothing, steal food, or other items, including (dangerous to them) jewelry, etc.

It’s just not a good idea to let your dogs jump on people.  And it’s scary.  Even to other dog people.

Luckily there’s a relatively easy solution, Teaching Your Dog Not to Jump on People.

Teaching Your Dog Not to Jump on People

Dog jump on people due to excitement most of the time.  Everything is exciting to dogs.  Everything is a reason to party.  And they won’t stop if jumping on people gets them what they want.

So the most important part is to stop giving your dog what he wants when he jumps.  But ignoring the behavior won’t make it go away on it’s own.  Because to some dogs the act of jumping itself brings him joy.

So your first step is to always make sure your dog is leashed when he meets people.  At least until the teaching your dog not to jump on people is done.  A body harness is the best for this, or even a head harness.  This way you’re not pulling on your dog’s sensitive throat to keep him from jumping.

And you’ll need to ask the new people to ignore him until you’ve let them know that it’s alright to give him some attention.

Now if your dog already has the basic dog training commands down pat, it’ll be much easier for you to control your dog’s jumping behavior.  But make sure you still have some high value training treats on hand until your dog has learned not to jump on people.

So if your dog already knows the Sit command, then put him in a Sit it greet people.  And make sure to reward him, with both praise and a treat, for the sit.  At least until he starts to get the hang of sitting to meet new people.

Once he’s sitting, and you’ve rewarded him.  Now allow the new people to interact with the, hopefully, calmly sitting dog.

You can use “four on the floor”

If you’re dog doesn’t know the Sit command, then go back to the basics and teach him that first.

Persistence and patience is what it takes to keep your dog from jumping on everyone he meets.  Keep at it and you’ll soon have a nice calmly greeting people dog.

This post is part of the series Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics

Other posts in this series:

  1. Beyond the Basics: Loose Leash Walking
  2. Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog Boundaries
  3. Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog Not to Jump on People (Current)
  4. Beyond the Basics: How to Teach Your Dog to Speak

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