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Jumping Up On People And Furniture
and adult dogs jump up on people because they want to greet
the person at face level in order to get their undivided
attention. It is a common puppy problem that can be
potentially harmful and should be immediately stopped. This
behavior soon becomes a bad habit, especially for owners of
young untrained energetic dogs. Every puppy should learn the
“Off” command because it is an effective way to stop their
behavior of jumping on people, furniture, beds, counter
tops, doors, etc.
Reasons for this behavior from the canine
- Canine Greeting- Dogs
want to greet at face level. As puppies; they jump up
and lick their mothers face to get attention. When they
are excited to greet their family members, they assume
they can do the same thing. It is accepted when they are
little puppies and no longer cute as adult dogs.
- Pack Position- As
puppies; they test the hierarchal pack order by jumping
up on the shoulders of littermates and other pack
members. When they are placed in a family, they exhibit
the same behaviors until they are taught which behaviors
are accepted and which ones are not.
- Tone of voice- When
dogs are excited, they use a high pitched tone. Often
when people are irritated, they also use a high pitched
tone. If a high pitched tone is used, dogs respond
excitedly and jump up to get closer to their family
- Affection- New owners
encourage the cute little puppies to jump on them and
respond with gestures of affection. Positive
reinforcement of this behavior develops a bad habit.
- Playtime- Puppies
roughhouse with their littermates by jumping on and over
each other. Family members allow the cute puppies to
jump on them during playtime and reward them with treats
or toys. They also play “tug of war” which teaches the
puppies to bite at them. Many cute behaviors that
puppies exhibit are no longer cute when the dog is an
adult. Especially if it is a large breed.
This annoying behavior is difficult to stop because:
- The family does not
know an effective humane way to interrupt the behavior
- The family is
inconsistent in responding to the behavior
- The dog is not taught
how to interact in social situations
- The dog is overly
rambunctious and lacks sufficient exercise
- The owner and dog
need basic obedience training classes
Teaching your dog to calmly greet people:
- Never pet a dog that
jumps up on you. It reinforces the negative behavior
- If you are expecting
guests, put your puppy or dog on a leash
- As they begin to jump
up on your guest, pull the leash down and sideways as
you firmly command “Off”. Quickly walk towards them and
firmly command “Sit” as you help to position them. Once
sitting, immediately offer a food treat and praise them
in a happy voice.
- As they begin to
jump, the guest should lightly bump them backwards (on
the chest) as they command “Off”. The correction should
never be painful.
- Consistency is the
key. They must be reprimanded every time they jump up
and taught to “Sit” followed with praise. They learn the
exact behavior that you expect!
- The next step is, as
soon as the dog’s front feet start to leave the ground
to jump, give a firm command to “Sit”. If they “Sit”
immediately praise them and give them a treat.
- Then progress to
firmly commanding your dog to “Sit” when a person enters
the house or approaches them.
- As they approach a
person, calmly praise them if they keep their paws on
- Consistency is the
key between all family members!
- Every time they
exhibit a calm appropriate behavior----Praise them!
your dog to stay off the furniture:
- Once the rules are
established regarding what your dog is allowed to do,
all family members must consistently follow the rules.
- Desirable behavior
should be encouraged and reinforced.
- As the puppy
approaches the couch, command them to “Sit” and reward
them with a treat or toy before they try to jump up on
- Encourage and reward
your dog for sleeping on their own bed.
- When you cannot
supervise your dog, confine or crate them.
The key to obedience training and behavior
modification is consistency and repetition!!!!