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  • April Schrader, CPDT-KA

Stop Jumping Behavior: Tips to Manage Your Dog

Dealing with a dog that jumps on you and others can be frustrating and embarrassing. Whether it's a friendly greeting or an attempt to seek attention, jumping behavior needs to be addressed. In this blog, we will delve into the reasons behind this behavior and provide you with practical tips and strategies to effectively manage and correct jumping behavior. Let's transform those leaps into polite greetings!

Understanding the Motivation: Jumping is a natural behavior for dogs and can stem from various motivations. By understanding why your dog is jumping, you can address the behavior appropriately.

  • Seeking Attention: Dogs may jump to seek attention and interaction. They learn that jumping gets them noticed, even if it's negative attention.

  • Excitement and Greeting: Dogs may jump as a way to express excitement and enthusiasm when greeting their favorite humans.

  • Lack of Training: Dogs may continue to jump if they haven't been taught alternative, more appropriate behaviors.

Tips for Managing and Stop Jumping Behavior:

  • Consistency in Training: Consistency is key when training your dog to stop jumping. Teach your dog an alternative behavior, such as sitting, that is rewarded when greeting people. Practice this behavior consistently and reinforce that behavior whenever your dog makes the decision to sit instead of jump.

  • Teach an Alternative Behavior: Train your dog to understand the cue "Place" or "Settle," indicating they should go to a specific area and relax. Consistently reinforce this behavior during training sessions and interactions.

  • Ignore the Jumping: When your dog jumps on you, refrain from reacting, as any attention, even negative, can reinforce the behavior. Instead, turn your back and avoid eye contact until your dog is sitting. Once they are sitting, reward them for the desired behavior. If jumping no longer gets attention but sitting does, your dog will begin to offer more sits and the jumping will go away.

  • Manage Excitement: Exercise your dog vigorously before expected company to reduce excitement levels. Then when your company arrives provide engaging toys or chews to keep them occupied and redirect their focus.

  • Seek Professional Guidance: If you're struggling to manage your dog's jumping behavior, feel free to reach out to Best Buddy Dog Trainer at 301-231-1907 or email jeff@bestbuddydogtrainer.com. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you build a harmonious relationship with your canine companion.

Addressing and managing jumping behavior is crucial for a well-behaved and polite dog. By understanding the motivations behind jumping, consistently reinforcing alternative behaviors, and seeking professional guidance when needed, you can effectively correct and manage this unwanted behavior. Remember, patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement are key to achieving long-lasting results. With the right approach, you can transform your dog's jumping habits into respectful greetings that make both you and your dog proud.


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