STOP JUMPING UP!
Dogs jump on people frequently. Because of this on occasion dog owners, guests and anyone the dog comes in contact with becomes annoyed or even hurt by a jumping dog. Most dog parents do not want their dog jumping on their family and guests but just don’t know how to stop this from continuing.
I have provided some easy to implement tips to address nuisance jumping up:
1)Whenever you return home from an absence, act very calm and more neutral to your dog. If you greet the dog with excitement and intensity the dog will likely interpret that as an invitation for jumping on you. I would even go as far as ignoring the dog until it calms down and then you can shower her with soothing affection. All family members should do this.
2)When you walk through the door and the dog jumps on you say something like “Off” once, then simply ignore the dog’s presence and go about your business continuing to ignore the dog.
Do not push the dog off of you as for some dogs that physical touch is enough for them to try and jump on you again for more touches. Do not knee the dog in the chest as this causes pain and since the dog is happy to see you I don’t want you to damage the relationship by hurting a dog who is excited about your presence. Kneeing can also teach your dog to have a negative association with your guests if they do this with the dog.
3)If you are sitting and the dog jumps on you simply just stand up quickly, say “Off” cue, ignore the dog and wait until the dog jumps off and moves slightly away. Then you can sit down and continue what you were doing. Should the dog jump up again then repeat above step as required. I assure you the dog will think you are boring and will go do something else.
4)Offer affection to the dog only when it is calmly sitting or lying down always.
5)Consistently ensure all families members are addressing the jumping up to break down the behavior ASAP.
6)If you notice the jumping up gets worse… As odd as it may sound, if it gets worse that can be a good sign, providing a family member or guest isn’t rewarding jumping up. There is a thing called an extinction burst, which means that the behavior gets more intense right before the dog will abandon it entirely. Just remember to continue doing exactly as you are and if things get worse you are just around the corner from success, hold in there!
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