Train Your Dog to Stop Jumping on You and Your Visitors

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Got yourself a jumping dog? You know, the dog that can’t help herself and jumps on everyone who walks through the door? This habit can be annoying and dangerous, especially if your dog is a larger breed. It can also prevent friends and family from wanting to visit you. You have a few options to reign in this behavior before your friends and family stop visiting or someone gets hurt. Here in this dog training guide, we discuss how to stop a dog from jumping and biting people.

How to Stop a Dog From Jumping on You

Does your dog lie in wait anticipating the moment you come through the door after you’ve been away, all to jump on you immediately upon entering? While the routine probably also includes plenty of slobbery kisses, you could live without the jumping part of your dog’s greeting.

First things first, your dog’s jumping is a natural canine behavior. However, teaching your pet to stop jumping on you and your guests is crucial, especially if your dog is a large breed and you have children or elderly visitors.

Remove your attention

Any time your dog jumps on you at the door, and you give him attention, you reinforce the behavior. Granted, it’s pretty difficult not to pay attention to a four-legged creature lunging your way the minute you come through the door. However, by turning away and ignoring him when he starts to jump on you can show him his behavior isn’t going to garner your attention any longer.

Instruct visitors and guests that you’re training your dog not to jump on strangers; that means you will need to train them not to react or respond to your jumping dog.

Teach your dog a new way to greet you

Training your dog a new way of greeting requires treats and a little effort on your part. Whenever you leave your home, be sure to take a baggie full of dog treats. Have them ready as you approach the door of your home. Once you open the door, immediately throw a few treats on the floor to distract your pet as you enter. Practice this process every time you leave and come back into the house.

How to Stop a Dog From Jumping on Strangers, Visitors, Other People

In this section, we’ll talk about how to train a dog not to jump when walking, especially when you see other people with dogs.

Using the BarxBuddy trainer and treats can work when your dog greets visitors. Start with your dog on his leash. When he or she starts to pull on the leash and jump, press and release the device. This will get your dog’s attention. Give the sit/stay command. Reward the obedience with treats.

Have someone walk up to him (as to greet him), but before they get to your pet, throw treats down on the floor. As he’s eating the treats, your visitor can pet and greet your dog. Before your dog finishes the treats, have the person step away from your pet. After repeating the process several times, you can extend the greeting between your visitor and your dog while throwing treats on the ground. Once your dog is comfortable greeting someone sans jumping, you can lessen the number of treats, eventually making the greeting itself the reward. If your dog complies with your “sit” command, you can incorporate it into your pet’s greeting. When you or visitors come into your home, command your pet to sit; if he follows suit, offer a treat.

How to Stop a Dog From Jumping on a Door

Some dogs jump at doors in addition to people. Similar to what we covered about greeting you and guests, changing your dog’s habit of jumping and scratching at a door starts with distraction. Before you jump (pun intended) into your training, ensure your dog’s behavior isn’t related to his potty routine, as scratching, whining, and jumping at a door could indicate a dog needs “to go.” If your pet’s habit is due to separation anxiety from your leaving, it’s time to correct the behavior.

Shut yourself and your dog in a room. Call out his name when he begins to show signs (like sniffing or circling) before he jumps or scratches at the door. If your distraction catches his attention, offer praise and a treat. If he continues to focus on the door, gently lead him away from the door as you say, “no.”

Repeat until your distraction proves successful.

Next, leave your dog in the room by himself while you sit on the other side of the door. Wait for about 30 seconds. If you hear him jump or scratch the door, ignore him. Give him another 30-second opportunity to remain calm. When he refrains from jumping or scratching for 30 seconds, open the door and offer a treat and praise. This exercise teaches him scratching and jumping prolongs your separation, whereas refraining brings his desired outcome; your presence and rewards.

Remember, consistency and practice reinforce a behavior, so keep at it.

How to Stop a Puppy From Jumping

The best way to address a puppy from jumping up and biting is to train your dog from an early age that it is unacceptable behavior. Teaching your pet the basic commands like sit, come, and stay are crucial. Always reward good behavior such as following your commands.

Using the BarxBuddy for dogs 6 months of age and older can prove effective at teaching your dog that jumping up is not okay. This training tool emits an ultrasonic sound that catches your pet’s attention and distracts him from unwanted behavior such as jumping up on people. When your pup begins to jump at a visitor, press the button on the BarxBuddy ultrasonic trainer and give a command like “down” or “no.” If he complies, offer praise and a treat while your guest greets your pet. Repeat the process if necessary. Like any other dog training method, you must be consistent and avoid harsh correction (physical or verbal). With practice, your dog will learn a better way to say “Hello” than jumping up.

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