When your puppy is little, they are going to jump up on you when they get excited or when they want you to play. It may be cute, but as they get older and bigger, it can start to become a hassle and a danger.
You might be wondering if this is a behavior that your dog will just grow out of. Unfortunately, this is a behavior that is actually our fault as humans.
Dogs will not grow out of a jumping up habit. This is a behavior that is learned because it is encouraged when they are young because they are just too cute to resist. Teaching your dog to not jump up will take time and patience, but you can stop it.
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Will Dogs Grow Out of Jumping?
Unfortunately, this is not a habit that will go away on its own like chewing. When puppies are young, they will jump up for many reasons. One of the main reasons is that they want to get your attention.
As time goes on, you notice your much larger dog is still jumping up on you for attention and when they are excited. They won’t understand why this activity is suddenly frustrating to you because they haven’t been told not to before.
Teaching your dog not to jump up on people starts at a young age. You need to make sure you aren’t encouraging the behavior in any way, and you need to teach your dog that it’s not okay.
How to Teach Dog to Not Jump Up
There are a few different ways that you can train your dog not to jump up on you or others. First, you need to figure out the reason that your dog is jumping up.
Take notes of when you notice your dog jumping up. Do they jump on you when they get excited? Do they jump on your or others when you walk into the house? Do they jump to greet strangers at the park?
No matter the reason, it takes time and persistence to train your dog that they should not jump up on people.
Jumping for Excitement
Most dogs will jump up when they are excited. The best thing you can do when this happens is turn around and face your back towards your dog. It can be tempting to push off your dog, but they might see this as playing.
You should also never use your knee on your dog when they jump up. This can be very painful to them and can potentially injure them.
Wait for your dog to calm down before you turn around or give them attention. If you need to walk away from your dog to calm them down, you can.
After a few times of you doing this, your dog should begin to understand that jumping for excitement is not okay.
Jumping upon Entry
If you notice your dog jumps when you walk through the door, start by opening the door only partly. If your dog starts to jump, shut the door and wait 30 seconds before trying again.
Repeat this process until the dog has completely calmed down. You can then enter and praise them for calming down enough to let you come in.
If your dog always jumps up on guests when they walk in, leash your dog and leave the door unlocked so your guest can walk in when they get there. Inform them to knock first but enter and stand by the door until you come to them.
Let your dog see the guest, but don’t let them reach the guest. Ask your dog to sit down. You can then have your guest walk toward the dog.
Let them know that if your dog starts to jump and get excited, they need to stop and stand still. Get your dog’s attention in a calm manner and ask them to sit again. When your dog is calm, your guest can continue walking toward them.
Repeat this process as many times as necessary until your guest reaches the dog with all of their paws on the ground. Your guest can then give your pup the attention they are wanting.
Jumping on Strangers
When you go to the dog park, it is natural for your dog to be excited about seeing new people. They are going to want to jump, so it is important to teach them that the behavior is not acceptable.
Luckily, people at dog parks are generally extremely nice and understanding. If you ask someone to help you train your dog how to act around strangers, they will likely be more than willing to help.
Have the stranger stand in one place that will allow you to walk towards them. Start walking forward with your dog on a leash.
If your dog gets too excited and starts jumping and bouncing, get their attention back on you and back up a little. Let your dog calm back down before trying again. Repeat this process as many times as necessary until you make it to the stranger with all four paws on the ground.
Train Four on the Floor
One of the most recognized ways of training your dog not to jump is called four on the floor. This is a method that involves giving your pet treats to eat on the floor to keep their attention and keep them calm.
With the treats on the floor, you can have another person approach your dog, greet them, and pet them. Have the person walk away before your dog stops eating the treats.
After a few successful times of your dog keeping all four paws on the ground, have the person greet the dog before you place treats on the ground. As the dog starts to understand, you can reduce the number of treats you give.
What Not to Do
The most important thing to avoid is waiting for your dog to grow out of the “jumping phase”. Jumping is not a phase, and your dog won’t grow out of it.
You should also avoid yanking your dog’s leash or kneeing them when they jump up. Both of these actions can injure your dog.
You should also not give your dog any attention, positive or negative, when they jump up. Giving them attention can make them think you want to play.
Avoid training only on a leash. Once your dog understands the concept of not jumping, you will need to take the leash off and train them that way as well.