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Q: Jumping Dog

September 19, 2008 | By Renee D. | 7 answers | Expired: 2268 days ago

Jumping Dog

My dog Louie is almost 8 months old and he is a pretty big dog. When he greets people he likes to jump on them to say hi. I have tried turing my back on him, saying no jump and pushing him off of me and those haven't seem to work. Any suggestions on how to get my dog to stop jumping on people?

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Linda C.
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Oct 03, 2008

People frequently reward jumping by giving the dog attention - even negative attention - when they jump. There are a few things you can do to help this problem:
1. Make arrivals and greetings quiet and neutral. No high voices, excited petting, high energy. Ignore your dog when you first arrive home, and have visitors ignore him as well.
2. Teach him to sit/stay before being touched. This includes putting a collar or leash on, petting, getting a treat, etc. Once he connects sitting with getting what he wants, he will be much quicker to sit rather than jump.
3. Do "set ups". Instruct friends, family members and willing visitors to not touch your dog unless he is sitting. Have him on a leash, tell him to sit, and have the person approach, ONLY if he is sitting. As soon as he gets up, the person backs away and ignores him. What he wants (attention) will only be delivered if he is sitting.

Good luck!

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Joyce
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Oct 02, 2008

My 3 month old Puppy has this problem. I push her off me, and say, No jump! My girlfriend was over the other day. I tested my no jump, and she didn't. I hope it has worked. try it.

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Anni
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Sep 21, 2008

My dog had the same problem and he is still learning gettin better at it. What I learned from Ceaser the Dog Whisper show is to act as if he is not there...no eye contact dont pet him dont speak to him nothing once he settles down then you can pet him and love him, but not until he understands he must sit down and be calm.

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Houndlover4
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Sep 21, 2008

Do not give him any attention until he is calm and has stopped jumping. Once he calms down and stays on the floor without jumping, then pet him and give him praise. My dogs quickly learned to quit jumping.

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Diane W.
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Sep 20, 2008

When friends come teach him to sit while on a lead and have them give him a treat for sitting and staying then hold him close to the collar for them to pet him. He only gets pet when he is sitting and he will figure it out.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sep 20, 2008

If you push him down or give him any other attention when he jumps up then you rewarded the behavior. You need to train him so he knows what you want to do. Just because you push him down doesn't mean he understands not to jump. Put him on a leash and practice with someone coming in the door. You should have him sit and stay until the person comes in. When he's calm and just sits and stays give LOTS of praise. If he tries to get up, put him back in the sit and stay. It will take lots of work and repetition. Good luck!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sep 20, 2008

Pushing him down is the best way to train him not to jump - I would also suggest giving him lots of love and petting once he is on the ground and tell him 'good dog, down' while your giving him that love.

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