How you can easily stop your dog from jumping on people
Dogs are social and completely lovable creatures.
If you have a new, tiny puppy, there’s nothing better than coming home to them excitedly jumping all over you.
It’s cute, right?
Eventually your puppy will grow up and their persistent jumping won’t be so endearing. If they grow into even larger dogs, their jumping could perhaps be slightly intimidating to guests or a plain nuisance.
Before trying to change your pet’s jumping, it’s important to question why they even jump in the first place. Every dog is different, so the reason why your dog jumps will be completely different from the reason your next door neighbour’s dog does.
For some dogs, it’s just their way of say hello and greeting people. Other dogs are super excitable and simply the sight of a new face or any stimulation will have them jumping all over the place. Of course, some other dogs have grown up thinking they are pack leader and it is their way of asserting their authority.
Regardless of why your dog jumps, through implementing some of our simple steps you are on track to teaching your dog right from wrong.
1. Start early through puppy school.
If you have just brought home your little puppy, we know they’re hard to resist. They’re so special and every single thing they do is somehow adorable (apart from the fact they’re still not going to the toilet outside).
However, from the very beginning it’s so important you set good boundaries so they grow into an adult dog you love just as much.
Many people start too late on setting the rules of the relationship they share with their puppy, and leave any discipline to sometime in the future. We have identified that many of the issues people have with their adult dogs stem from behavioural problems that weren’t solved earlier in the relationship.
It’s important to always remember that you’re not a horrible person to set the rules. All you’re doing is shaping nice behaviours into their personality.
Our puppy school (8-16 weeks) is the perfect way to set the foundations for training your dog, particularly by teaching them to have nice interactions with the people around them. If they’re a tad older, 16 weeks – 5.5 months, they can enrol in our juvenile puppy class that deals with specifically with setting rules, such as not jumping on guests (or you)!
2. Don’t encourage the excitement.
So, if your dog is the type who will excitedly jump on you whether you’ve be gone for five minutes or five days, it’s important to not encourage it.
We know it’s hard. You may feel like an absolutely terrible human being but don’t reward their jumping through lots of cuddles and pats.
If you return their excitement with equal levels of enthusiasm, it will cause them to grow even more excited. It’s not about being harsh and punishing them, but only greeting them when they are calm and behaving in the way you want.
3. Consistency is the key.
Let’s say, for the past week you’ve done a really good job of not excitedly greeting your dog as they jump all over you. Excellent work.
But, one day it seems easier to give in, rather than waiting for them to calm themselves down.
With one simple action, all that hard work you put in by setting boundaries with your dog will be easily undone.
It will only confuse your dog if one minute you’re not allowing their jumping and the very next you’re excited about it.
Stay consistent, no matter how hard it may seem, and it will pay off.
4. Trying dog obedience classes and training.
As we said earlier, having classes for your puppy and preventing poor behaviour is a great option.
But, what if you have an adult dog who has been jumping for years now?
Our group obedience classes are great options for dogs who are highly stimulated and distracted. Being in a group environment, it provides them with an environment to learn and control their behaviours even though there are other dogs who would usually be distracting.
Alternatively, we also offer behaviour modification consultation where our trained professionals come to your home to assess the situation. If we can quickly identify what you and your family are doing right, and what can be improved, then it will be easier to instil the correct learning patterns in your dog.
5. One solution won’t necessarily be the answer to everything.
Every dog is an individual with an individual personality, so what works for one owner may not work for another.
If you give one solution a shot and it doesn’t work, don’t think your dog’s behaviour can’t be fixed.
It’s all about finding what’s best for them and best for you.
It’s always possible to achieve remarkable results with dog training. Brisbane, Ipswich, and Gold Coast puppy owners can rely on the skill and professionalism of the experienced trainers Craig A. Murray Dog School. If you need more information, you should definitely get in touch with us and we can easily help you out.