It’s nice to be welcomed home by your dog with his tail wagging, barely containing his enthusiasm from seeing you. It can be annoying when your dog keeps jumping on you or a guest. There are a few things you can do to help prevent this behavior.
Stop Jumping Up
Sometimes it’s okay when your dog jumps on you. Your pet should only jump up on you when he’s commanded. Especially, when some guests in your house wouldn’t want a dogs attention in this way. Here are a few things to help eliminate this problem.
When he jumps up on you, pay him no mind, just continue with what you are doing. A dog thinks it’s okay to jump up when he gets attention for it. It’s best to ask the dog to sit then pet him. When asking the dog to sit then giving him attention, it will get him to rethink about jumping up. So mix it up a little between ignoring him and using the sit command
Creating A Command
Another way to prevent your dog from jumping, is to have a verbal command. This command will get your dog to get down. This command is to be used when your dog jumps up on either furniture or a person. This command will be understood as the off command.
Another training strategy you can try out on your dog jumps up is this one. Remember to say off, then bring your knee up and gently push the dog off. This way your dog will put the action and command together. The dog will take a little practice in understanding the new command. As with all commands it will take consistency from the leader to help eliminate this bad behavior.
Reward Appropriate Behavior
Once your dog starts to learn not to jump up, give him a lot of praise. He will start to understand that he will still be praised, even if he doesn’t jump up. Your dog will learn quickly that the sit and not the jump will get him some attention.
Even if your dog has been jumping up on you for years, it is a simple habit to break. Always reward the good behavior and ignore the bad with consistency. In a short time your dog will be better behaved, and you can be proud of his obedience when guests come to visit.