No More Jumping
Dogs learn to jump when they get a reaction out of you EACH TIME THEY JUMP. So every touch, greeting or petting that happens when your puppy is upon you…shows them (over time) that Jumping is gooooooood! Not to mention that all that stuff, hands, eyes, kisses…are way up high near our faces. However, if you watch dogs’ natural behavior (with each other) they actually rarely jump to greet each other. In fact, they often do the opposite and crouch down for greetings.
Teaching your dog not to jump is simple if you take away the attention that your dog craves and only give it back when your dog is sitting or not jumping. Remember touch is reward!!
The Simplest Thing Of All
First and foremost, stop all attention when you puppies feet are on you, Ask your friends and family to pat your dog only on the butt or behind the shoulders…creating a dog that learns to turn its butt to you for love! That alone works if you never let the jumping start. If it does start…here are a few other things we can do…
OFF For Greeting
Whenever your pup jumps up, remove all attention (since this is what he is seeking). Turn your back, hands up and away from the dog and do not look at them! The second all four of your dog’s paws are on the floor turn around and greet him while saying, “GOOD OFF”. If he jumps up again, turn back around and take away all attention. Remember, only say, “OFF” when he physically has all four paws on the floor. Avoid saying it while he is jumping. Right now your dog does not know what the word means! As he learned the word you can start applying when he is jumping.
SIT For Greeting
Once you get the dog to stop jumping you can add a sit to the command. Start with your pup in a SIT position and ask a friend or family member to come near. Be sure the puppy knows the person has a treat.
As soon as your puppy gets up to say, “HI.” The approaching person should quickly turn and walk away, (removing the rewards – attention, and treats). Each and every time the dog’s butt lifts off the floor turn quickly and walk away (just a few steps). When you see the dog’s butt hit the floor again turn back and try to get close…all the while watching the butt and leaving if it lifts, hopefully getting closer and closer without the dog getting up. Say, “YES’ when you can approach and pat your puppy while his / her butt stays on the floor. Remember to pat your dog as they are seeking both ATTENTION and the treat.
Step On The Leash
When you are alone simply step on your leash right where it hits the floor giving your pup just enough room to sit comfortably, and give a treat every time he sits or simply doesn’t jump, even if just for a second. When your dog goes to jump, the leash will pull him down slightly and make it hard to physically jump. Your dog will learn quickly that jumping doesn’t work and can be unpleasant; he will give up and be rewarded for it. Again, be sure to get down and offer to pet as an additional reward.