Dog Whisperer’s tip of the day for Jumping Dogs

How to get a dog to stop jumping

Posted Sun, Mar 23, 2008, 8:35 pm PDT

If your dog jumps on you when you arrive home, she is the pack leader. If she jumps on your guests, she is making sure that these new arrivals also know she is in charge.Here is what you can do to stop this unwanted behavior:

  • Make sure your dog is receiving adequate exercise. Jumping can be a sign of hyperactivity, which is caused by pent-up energy. Regular exercise provides a positive outlet for this energy.
  • Practice: no touch, no talk, no eye contact. Don’t shower your dog with affection when you walk through the door. In the canine world, reunions are not overly-emotional occasions like they are in the human world. Jumping is often simply an attention-seeking behavior; by providing attention, you are reinforcing the behavior. If instead you wait until when she is in a calmer state, you are sending the message about what behaviors you desire.
  • Correct bad behavior. If jumping is excessive or even possibly harmful to humans, simply ignoring the behavior may not be enough. Remember, corrections should be immediate — don’t withhold tomorrow’s trip to the dog park, or tell the dog she isn’t getting a treat later that day. Never hit or otherwise harm your dog — instead use a firm, physical “touch” correction.
  • Practice makes perfect. Don’t wait until company arrives. Work with a friend or family member to condition your dog to wait patiently in an area your designate when the doorbell rings. Practicing in advance will also help your dog associate the sound with something other than the excited energy of a new arrival. You will be less likely to have difficulty with it later.

Remember, pack leadership is a full-time job. Be consistent!


One Response

  1. my boxer is just not getting it.she is getting out of control.she used to not jump on my 4 year old and now is knocking him over.we can’t even have company due to her jumping.considering finding her a new home.please help

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