Cute, fluffy puppies are hard to resist when they immediately start jumping up on you as soon as you walk in the door. You may be ecstatic that your puppy is so excited to have you home. However, what you may not know is that puppies do not jump on people because they are happy. Generally, dogs will try to smell your mouth as a way of greeting you, and jumping up on you is a way to get closer to your face.
It not only can be hard to handle this type of greeting when walking into your home, but it can also be dangerous, especially if you have a newborn baby in your arms.
Cesar Millan also suggests that dogs can be identifying themselves as the pack leader when they participate in this kind of behavior, which is a clear misunderstanding because you are always the pack leader, and it is essential to make sure your dog knows this.
So what can be done about jumping? Below are a few tips to help you put an end to this behavior.
Before Fully Trained, Prevent Puppy’s Behavior
If you have not yet had a chance to train your dog or are in the process of doing so, preventing his behavior might be the best option. Putting Fido in a crate or a different room will stop him from jumping on new guests, small children and newborn babies as soon as they arrive.
Do Not Give Attention To Misbehavior
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that affection is seen as a reward to a dog. If you are trying to stop your dog from jumping on you, you must never give your dog attention or affection. Doing so reinforces the undesired behavior.
Only greet your dog, calmly pet him and say, “Good boy,” when his two front paws are on the ground. If Fido keeps jumping, stand up straight, avoid making eye contact and go about your normal business until Fido sits down again.
Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. Trying repeated exercises may help engrain the process in your dog’s behavior. When you come home, if your dog starts to jump, do not greet him. Immediately stand up, place your arms near your chest and look straight ahead avoiding eye contact. If your dog knows the command, “Sit,” you can try saying that during this time as well. If your dog sits, calmly bend down, pet him and say, “Good boy.” However, if your dog starts to jump again, immediately stand up, look forward again, not making eye contact with your dog.
Repeat this multiple times until the jumping has stopped.
Once you feel your dog has successfully learned how to avoid jumping up on you, try having friends practice with him. Invite friends to come over and have them participate in the same exercises you did. If Fido stays seated with his two front paws on the floor, your friends may continue greeting him. If he gets excited and starts jumping up, have them stand up straight, bring their arms up to their chest, look straight ahead and avoid eye contact. They can even exit the room, tell Fido to sit, and when he does, re-enter the room and pet him again.
Don’t Forget To Have Patience
Training animals to do anything can be hard work. Don’t forget that your furry friend has been and will always be your companion. You both share a special bond, and although the training can be difficult, remember to have patience and love your pooch, because ultimately, they love you just as much as you love them.