Why Do Dogs Jump?
WebMD Veterinary Services tells us that when dogs greet each other they touch noses and they want to do that with humans, but those noses are WAAAAAAY up there! They first start jumping to try to reach our noses! Then they get the impression it is something we want them to do because they get reactions they interpret as positive. Many times, people allow and even encourage their dogs to jump to show affection and excitement. As hard as this is, don’t let your pup practice jumping. She won’t be able to understand why you laugh when she jumps for a treat, but are unhappy when she jumps on your new slacks. Bend down to say hello so she doesn’t need to jump. If you’re out walking and she starts to jump on someone going by, step on her leash so it’s too short for take-off.
Reasons to Stop Your Dog from Jumping
Scratches. Bruises. Tripping and falling. Getting knocked down, especially small children or frail adults.
How to Stop Your Dog from Jumping.
The Humane Society states that you have to control the situation so your dog can’t jump up. If you have visitors to the home, keep the dog restrained, in a crate, or in another room. Next, don’t give the dog any attention for jumping. It can be hard to be consistent with this, since every member of the family has to do it every time the dog jumps. For instance, let’s assume you dog
The Animal Welfare League reminds us that it’s easier to teach your pet to do something that to not do something. Makes sense, right? Don’t teach her not to jump – teach her to sit or fetch a toy or just stand. Be careful that she doesn’t get the association of if she jumps and then sits, she get praise. Make a complete
And one final rule . . .
CONSISTENCY! Don’t train one day, then forget and let her jump the next. Just like training your kids, you have to always react the same way to both good and bad behavior. Don’t punish. Just reward the good and give bad behavior disapproval. Your dog is a lot smarter than many people think. Also, pet and love on your dog even when jumping isn’t even being considered. I always say my dogs give me so much more love that I can ever give them – but I can sure try. Happy Training!