Most dog owners will confess to having had an experience with an excited puppy jumping up. However, larger dogs who have not learned to control this behavior can be destructive. Sometimes jumping up leads to minor accidents. An adolescent rover can plow into you, paw and claw unexpectedly, scratching or knocking you down.
Even so, this behavior problem does not deter pet lovers from keeping cute puppies and larger dogs. With patience and training, even an old dog can learn how to control this excitement. And over time, your rover will start to greet you more politely.
Why Your Dog Won’t Stop Jumping on You
Dogs jump up on people for various reasons. It may be that your fur friend wants to exercise dominance. Unless you lead your park, a dominant canine will want to take the lead position at any chance.
Another reason your pooch may jump up on you is to greet you. This excitement is a dog’s way of getting your attention. Your fur friend may not realize that negative attention is unacceptable behavior. However, some dogs may prefer to be pushed off or yelled at rather than ignored and not given any attention.
How Can You Stop Your Puppy Jumping up on You?
There are basic training techniques that dog owners can undertake at home, but others may require professional dog handlers. Even so, you need to be aware of the actions you can take and those that you need to avoid. More so, you must be consistent when training your pet to change behavior. And remember, it is best to give rewards when your puppy behaves politely.
Some ways to help your rover stop jumping up on you include; withholding attention, rewarding good behavior, yelping, dancing your fur friend, and teaching the sit command.
Restricting attention is the first lesson to start teaching your pet not to jump. You can do this by crossing your arms over your chest as soon as your rover jumps up. If your puppy’s behavior persists, turn your back and eyes from your fur friend.
Another technique you can use to withhold attention from your canine is by removing yourself from the scene. If your puppy grabs your hands and tags at your legs when you are in a room, you can walk. Most dogs will jump at anyone who walks through the front door. If this happens to you, turn around and go back outside.
This technique can be repeated for several days or weeks until your pet learns to stay calm whenever you arrive at home.
Reward Good Behavior
Giving treats is a great way to encourage your canine to desist from unwanted jumping up. You can toss some to your puppy for staying on all four paws when you walk through the front door. Praise your fur friend without causing further excitement or attention that may trigger jumping and tagging.
Yelp and Act Hurt
Most puppies are strong and can cause minor injuries like scratches on your arms. Unaware of this possible danger, your puppy thinks it is a game to grab and bite your arm despite your pushing him away.
Yelping like a hurting puppy can help your fur friend understand that jumping up hurts you. It is a perfect trick to act the same way another puppy would when hurt. Some dog breeds can get the message by this body language. You may also add falling over and playing dead for about 15-20 seconds. This acting may shock your pet and send a lasting message that jumping up is not a good game. Your playful rover will not want to hurt you or make you cry. After all, you are your puppy`s best friend!
Dancing Your Dog
Doing something your fur friend dislikes can help stop the jumping behavior. When you walk into a room, and your puppy jumps on you, grab his front paws and begin to dance. Some breeds hate this act, and this tip can force your canine to desist from jumping up.
However, avoid this technique if your rover loves dancing. Your dog may take it as a reward and may respond with more mouthing and biting of your hands.
Teach Your Pet the Sit Command
As soon as your puppy can keep all four paws on the floor, you can start asking your pet to sit down when you walk through the front door. Once your fur friend responds to this basic command, it is good to offer a treat.
Over time, your fur friend will start responding to the sit command. With practice, your rover will routinely sit down as soon as you walk through the front door.
Training your adolescent canine to control the jumping-up behavior can be an uphill task. Even so, your fur friend can learn to greet you politely if you practice ignoring bad behavior and rewarding good mannerism.
Behavior problems among dogs can be adjusted by various means. Some of the remedial techniques may include; withholding attention, rewarding good behavior, yelping, and teaching the sit command.