Q&A: How train dog to stop jumping up on people?

by Sleddoggin Staff on March 2, 2011

Question by Lighthearted: How train dog to stop jumping up on people?
My problem is I am rarely around when my dog jumps up on visitors to my house when my family is home. How can I train him to not jump up on people at times no one is around? I know how to train him to stop when I am around. Would just training him a lot in other areas help with the jumping?

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Answer by Karen C
Best thing to do would be to train your family.

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Seattle_Slacker March 2, 2011 at 11:29 am

Pooch has to learn all humans are pack leaders, not just you. That means you need friends and family to help you out.

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Univercity? March 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

what kind of dog is it? If it is a bigger dog tell people to stick there knee in the dogs stomach when it jups not hard but enough to let him know it’s not okay to jump. Or you could try to have a sign that says tell so and so off or down when he is jumping and make sure that your visitors know that it not okay for your dog to jump up ont ehm and not to encourage him to do so.

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retrodragonfly March 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

obedience school

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yourluvbug2003 March 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

ok… this is going to sound very mean, but its ISN’T, and it doesn’t really hurt the puppy, it just gets his/her attention motly.

When the dog is up on his back two legs, swiftly and firmly lift your knee into the middle of his chest. It WILL knock the wind out of him for a second, but depending on the type of dog, they can handle it.

I KNOW it sounds mean, but thats what a lot of dog-trainers suggest and i know for a fact that it works.

It will honestly only take 2 or 3 times depending on how well your dog catches on to learning new things.

good luck.

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SamiiLynn March 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

When he jumps up on people ignore him completely and walk away. Don’t touch him or give him any attention. Wait until he is sitting or laying down to pet him. Tell all your visitors this so they can help too. Good Luck!

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K9 Companion March 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Karen has it….people need more training than the dogs do…..perhaps you should disallow the family to be with the dog unless they learn or do what you do……training is a life long commitment by all….

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o_isee_u812 March 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I have breed dogs for over 5 years now and I understand your annoyance with this problem. Exspecially if you have one of the larger breeds of dog.
First ask yourself what is the reason that the dog is jumping? More than likely this is due to the dogs excitement and he is basically jumping up on people because he is demanding attention. By jumping its an automatic reward because even if the person is not favorable to his/her behavior normally a hand will reach out for the dog even if its only to push him away (thus the dog is gaining something favorable to himself)
I normally break my dogs of this habit by simply ignoring them until they sit and behave and wait for me to approch them rather than allowing them to jump on me or my guests. When he Jumps push him off firmly and say NO then turn your back on him. This may take up to a week depending on the dogs age. You must ignore the dog when he does this for however long the dog is persistant about jumping and or demanding attention. It may be a little difficult in the begining but he will soon learn that jumping up does not bring the same results as it once did and he will stop trying. I have a rottie so you can imagin what it would be like if HE jumpped up on someone not expecting it. The best and esaiest time to train your dog is between 1 and 6 months. They learn most quickly at this age.
When your dog starts to learn to sit and wait for YOU or someone else who comes threw the door to be given attention then it is a good idea to reward him with something he really likes to help the message sink in that THIS is the behavior your seeking and not the jumping. The people whom come in and out of your home must also understand they are to push the dog away and say NO just like you do in order for this to be fully successfull. However you should be the only one to reward him with a treat. Or someone else who lives in the home.
Good luck with the pup

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Pat B March 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I have found this method very successful. Each time your dog leaps at you, you just fold your arms across your chest and turn your back on the dog, giving him no eye contact whatsoever, and you do not say one word to him Eventually the dog just circles around you and realises he is not going to get any response from you and then he will walk away.

I watched a demonstration a few years ago at Crufts where they brought 20 children into the Show Ring and told them to do exactly this and then they released 20 dogs into the Ring.
Normally you would get all the kids screaming and waving their arms around but they were told to stand like statues and not give the dogs any eye contact and it was just amazing how the dogs reacted. They just circled the children and sniffed around their legs but not one of them attempted to jump up at the kids.

If people shout and scream at the dog to get down they are giving the dog attention and they will jump all the more.

I now tell all my visitors, especially children, to do this as they enter my house and my dogs immediately sense the body language and just walk away. Once the dogs have got used to the visitors being there you can ask them to give the dogs a treat, making them sit first of course. By educating your guests you are also educating your dog.

Worth a try!

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mj March 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Great advise by Joel Walton

Proper Greeting

Dogs jump up to greet people because they want to make eye contact and physical contact. They are not interested in looking at your ankles or knees (smile).
Most dogs have been positively reinforced for jumping up, because it is hard not to pet and talk to a little puppy when they run up with their tail wagging, thrilled to see you, and put their little paws on your ankles. Their only sin is getting bigger and putting their paws on higher body parts.
We are dealing with normal greeting behavior by dogs that like and love the people they are greeting. It would be wrong to punish this behavior. It would also be wrong to prevent the dog from greeting visitors.
Here is how to teach your puppy/dog to greet people (including family members).
1.Teach the puppy/dog to sit using its food as a lure and reward.
2.Make sure that you practice the sit command in any area you expect the dog to sit to greet people.
3.Have the dog confined while you invite the visitor in and get them in a comfortable chair.
4.Lead the dog, who is on a buckle collar with a leash attached, up to the visitor. Make sure you hold the collar or lead to prevent the dog from jumping up.
5.Give the dog the ‘sit’ command and hand signal. Have the visitor wait until the dog sits, before gently stroking the dog from head to shoulder while they talk to the dog in a sweet gentle voice for at least one minute. You make sure that the dog does not jump up during this procedure by holding the dog’s collar. Your visitor may be leaning over the dog and a broken nose or glasses may result if you do not do a good job!
6.If the dog does not sit right away, just make sure that nothing happens until the dog sits. The first time you do this, be prepared to wait. As soon as the dog sits and gets the visitors attention as a reward, walk the dog away from the visitor, return and repeat the procedure. The dog is going to be very excited the first time they greet the visitor. The fifth time in a row you walk the dog up to the visitor, the dog is thinking, “Gee, it is still Joel.” It will be much easier to get the dog to sit with each additional greeting.
1.If you do this with every family member and every visitor, you will soon have a dog that will sit in front of visitors to be petted and to get their attention.

Joel Walton, BSc
Walton Family Dog Training

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