Training Your Dog To Stop Jumping

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Training Your Dog To Stop Jumping

by Ann Griffin

Jumping up without an invitation is one of the most common problems owners face with their dogs. However, resolving this issue doesn?t have to be time consuming or difficult. With the right techniques and some ol? fashioned consistency you can teach your dog how to mind his manners even when you or a stranger comes into your home.


  • Over Excitement and no socialization - dogs that are not used to seeing strangers on a regular basis may become over excited exuberant.
  • Too Much Energy - If your dog is bouncing off the walls like rubber then the likelihood of him jumping up will increase times ten! Dogs that don?t get enough exercise will often display unwanted behaviors to drain their energy.
  • No Prior Training - Dogs are not born with the knowledge of how to greet humans. It?s up to us to teach them the right way. If your dog has not been taught how to properly greet someone then it?s unfair to expect him not to make up his own rules.
How to resolve this problem

Teach your dog! - Make time to show your dog exactly what behavior is acceptable and what is not. Often times teaching a solid sit/stay is very effective at curbing a jumping dog. If he?s sitting, he can?t be jumping.

Get Control - Leash up your dog when company comes over so you have an easy way to control him. Keeping a leash right by the door for easy access is a good idea. If your dog pulls on the leash, lunges at people or otherwise has no respect for the fact that YOU are on the other end of that lead, then a training collar such as the ?Prong? can help you get control fast. Think power steering for dogs. (always consult a trainer for poper fitting and use of a prong)

Be consistent - Allowing your dog to jump up some of the time, but not all the time is confusing for him. Set the ground rules and stick to them!

Okay, I have control, a training collar and the will to be consistent?now what?!

Now, you control the situation.

  • Leash your dog
  • Ask your dog to sit
  • Open door
  • At this point many dogs will attempt to get up, calmly place him back into a sit.
  • Invite the visitor inside
  • If your dog attempts to jump up the training collar will do most of the work of ?correcting? him for the unwanted behavior, all you need to do is place him back into a sit. If you must do this twenty times, then you must do it twenty times.
  • Praise your dog for the right behavior! This is very important. You?ve told him what you DON'T want to see, now tell him what you DO want to see. He needs the complete picture to really learn what you expect of him.
  • Wash, rinse and repeat.

Enlisting the help of a friend to play the part of a ?visitor? can be a big help. This way you can practicing many times in a row without worrying about your guest.

Practice, practice! You know the saying, practice makes perfect. Dogs are like cars in that they need regular ?tune ups? to keep in proper working order. Keep practicing with your dog and he?ll keep responding.

Use space to your advantage - Use the same technique your dog is using to curb his jumping up on YOU. Quickly step into his space as he jumps. A loud ?EH AH? and a hand clap can help to get your point across. Then show him what you do want, ask for a sit and praise when he does. He wants your attention, so make sure he only gets it when all four paws are on the floor!

Exercise - A tired dog is a good dog. Proper exercise can help to curb many unwanted behaviors and making it easier for you to control the training sessions. Most dogs need at least 30 minutes of hard running to be civilized pets.

Ann Griffin runs a pet resource website at, a place for pet owners to find dog training articles, contests, dog forums and more.

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