Does Your Dog Fly Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease?

Does Your Dog Jump Up?

Does your dog fly through the air with the greatest of ease, at you or other people when they come to visit?…

A lot of you have pleaded me to write about dogs who have the audacity to jump up on people, its seems there are a large group of dogs with bad manners!

The first thing to do is to understand the behavior; when dogs are happy and greet each other they often jump and fly and turn and spin and get in each other’s faces, most of the time they are expressing their happiness to see one another.  Dogs do not calmly walk up to one another, sit and exchange paw shakes!  Although we find it irritating, this is normal behavior.

This is also a self rewarding behavior, so it is unlikely to disappear on its own!  It doesn’t matter how much you are yelling, kicking and screaming, your dog enjoys being up in your face or getting into the face of other people!

What Do You Do?

First things first, make sure you are NEVER accepting your dog jumping on you.   You must be consistent and keep him off of everyone all of the time no exceptions!

Second, teach him an incompatible behavior.  What is an incompatible behavior, you ask?  It is a behavior that CANNOT be performed at the same time as the behavior you are trying to fix, it is simply impossible.

  • Teach him to sit when he meets a new person or greets you
  • Teach him to lay down when he meets a new person or greets you

It is impossible to lay down or sit and also jump on someone at the same time!

“But” you protest…”How do I make him sit or lay down when someone comes to the house, he gets so excited?”

You put him on a LEASH!  First he must know and obey the command 95% of the time, prior to someone coming over, if he doesn’t go back to square one and work on obedience.  In order to control him and the situation, you must keep him on a leash at first, this allows you to ensure that he is NOT jumping on the person and wait patiently until he sits to get a reward and interaction.

Place a note on your dog that says “Please give us a moment to put ______ on a leash before we open the door, thank you for helping us work on his obedience”.  This will help people to be patient and understand that your dog’s obedience is important to you.

Make sure you have lots of treats to reward him when he obeys and make sure that no one pets him, talks to him, or interacts with him in anyway unless he is sitting or laying down.  If he gets up from his position, which he will, instruct them to stop petting and make sure he sits again before he gets rewarded or petted.

I teach all of my dogs, if they want someone to pet them, whether it is in the house or out of the house they must sit first, and they must lay down for children.   It is impossible to lay down and jump on someone at the same time!

Use the leash to your advantage for as long as you need to, to get the desired behavior!  You must teach him what to do in times of excitement and using the leash is not a detriment it is simply a tool.  You wouldn’t take him for a walk without a leash and just expect him to stay with you if you had never taught him to, right?

If he is jumping on you, the same idea holds true!  Do not interact with him until he is sitting or laying down.  If he jumps, turn your back on him, ignore him or walk out of the room.  He wants attention and affection and if he realizes that jumping keeps him from getting what he wants, he will hopefully stop that behavior.

Carry treats with you so that you can ask for a correct response.  If you have to carry dog biscuits in the car for when you get home from work, do it so that you can ask for and reward the good behavior of sitting instead of jumping and flying around like a kite!  Be sure to reward him when all 4 feet are on the ground!!!!

Recognize when he is making strides toward the good behavior and lean down and pet him on his level, this truly enforces the good behavior; instead of waiting for him to make a mistake and jump you are coming down and giving him what he wants when he has made a correct choice.  He should learn that love takes place when he has four on the floor!

DO NOT kick him, knee him, poke him, jab him or yell these simply are ineffective and unkind!  The old school “kick a dog for jumping” doesn’t work and that is why I so often hear people frustrated after they have used it.

Reward the good behavior of sitting or laying down or just keeping his feet on the floor.  If you are struggling put a leash on him in the house, so that you may pluck him off of you and ask for appropriate behavior that can be rewarded.

The leash is a tool, not just for outside walking, use it to your advantage and take it off when you don’t need it anymore!  But, most importantly teach your dog the response you want him to show, control the behavior and the situation, understand WHY it is happening and reward correct choices!

I’ve said it before and perhaps in all my blog posts, but I will say it again…EXERCISE, exercise, exercise…tired dogs are less apt to jump and run and fly at people or you for that matter.  If my dog was an extreme jumper and I was having company, I would go for a few mile run just prior to their arrival.  Tired dogs make great pets!

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Comments

  1. Tony Bruton says:

    Very good article and information. I’ll definitely put it to use!
    Thanks

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  2. Cindy Cone says:

    I am having trouble with my 3 month old puppy tugging and shaking my nitegown and pants leg. Needless to say those sharp teeth are tearing up my clothes. Help!!

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    norah Reply:

    I am having the same thing happening to be please someone help

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    chris Reply:

    I’m getting the same tugging at my leg when my dog wants to stay out late at night and not ready to go to sleep. She knows she has to get my attention.,. what is the correct solution for getting her to not tug my jeans when wanting to stay out.?

    chris

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  3. gabrielle venguer says:

    Thank you for your advice,I will try it.

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  4. Beth S. says:

    I love that last line.
    “Tired dogs make great pets!”
    Thanks for another wonderful topic.

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  5. Julie Peterson says:

    Thank you so much for answering my call for help with the jumping. It helped a lot to understand why they jump. Being a mini aussi, it seems that my dog never tires. However, we will work hard,to follow all your great avice.
    Thanks,
    Julie

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  6. Laura Fortin says:

    I am a doggie-mama for the first time in my life. My partner is more of the “knee the dog” type and I just don’t feel comfortable with a lot of his “techniques”. Thank you for helping me to understand my dog and learn how to encourage appropriate behavior in a kind way.

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  7. boomerkid says:

    Thank you for the advice…I will try it..but everything is such a chore with my dog..because he’s so hyper…he is hard to train in some ways because he’s too eager to please..lol

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  8. jenny says:

    We have trained our german shepherd to sit as we approach and to sit for pats which he does, then when you are done and let him go he leaps on you (your back if it is turned). We cannot see what we are doing to reward this behaviour.

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  9. gabrielle venguer says:

    What do you think regarding male dog castration?
    how does it affect his behavior?

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    Cherie Reply:

    Why would you do it? If he doesn’t run loose, I don’t see the need. I have a 3 year old Dane and I didn’t neuter him because it would cause him to grow larger. The hormones keep him growing more slowly which is better for a giant breed to prevent bone problems, growth plate problems. I feel it is just better heatlth wise for your dog. My opinion.

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  10. i trained my dog in many things like shake hand, pick the ball and other but now i will train my dog in jumping thanks for share.

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  11. Diane says:

    Hi, I have a german sheperd as well, loves to jump on me and others she meets. Even on a leash she
    Jumps up, I turn my back, until I get her to calm down she wont stop, jumps on my car when I get
    Home she is 9 months hoping will grow out of it in.

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  12. Wannetta Godfrey says:

    This is terrific advice and has worked with our first 2 dogs, it is working with our new one when we can convince others to work with us by not petting him til he is sitting. I do have a question though. This new one, a boxer apparently seems able to sidestep the whole sitting and sometimes laying down requirement, gets excited and will headbutt people (including children) although I rarely, if ever, see his feet leave the ground. And it hurts, I think he could easily beak a nose if we cannot beak him of this bad habit. It seems either he is bouncing the front of his body real fast without having his feet leave the ground, or just plunging his head up real fast and very hard. When he has clipped me by doing this I turn away real fast and ignore him for a few moments.
    Maybe this is a known issue with boxers? He is our first boxer after 2 beautifully trained rotties. And yes, he plays every day and gets to run happy & hard a few times a week. Ideas?

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    Minette Reply:

    When people are petting him, keep a treat IN his mouth to preoccupy him from jumping or head butting…I used this trick many times with Service Dogs in public…they are so busy licking and nibbling the treat they have no idea they are even being petted so it rewards good calm behavior and in a way teaches them how to calm themselves down with petting 🙂 Good luck!

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    chris Reply:

    I will differently try this when the greeting process starts., I normally say no jumping and after a couple hard loud no verberly will obey but I would like to see the sit automatically awaiting a treat for being a good dog. thanks

    chris

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  13. Irma says:

    I have a pitbull a year old. to hard to control,but little by little I’m getting some results from your advise, Thanks a lot for all the information you share with us.

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  14. maria says:

    I also have a GSD and sometimes i think that she is confused or maybe im confusing her anyway she is a trained fugitive recovery agent and no matter what and beleive i have tried every method available she still continues to jump and when i say jump i mean jump she can actually jump high enough that if she thought about it she would land on my shoulders or even jump over me , now this is good for chasing fugitives over fences and walls ect but not when i have company she is 4 yrs old and has been doing it since her training days and even the trainer couldnt stop her HELP

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  15. Cherie says:

    I literally have a dog that flies. Only outside, but boy does that freak you out. He sails thru the air right by your body. And if I may say he looks like he has a smile on his face as he’s going past. I have been able to get it on video only once. By the way he is a Great Dane, lol.

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  16. Teresa says:

    Hi, thank you for this great tip! I’ve allways had Great Danes and this problem along with them… And I assure you no matter how well behaved they do try to jump on you! Will try your advice. Thank you!

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  17. John Richards says:

    Well Minette has a point and actually it do works, all you just need to have is patience because without that you wont succeed in training your dog.
    And always remember to give your dog a reward every time he does the things that you taught him, just be consistent and surely you will succeed and you will just be shocked that one day your dog that loves to jump at people is know sitting down or laying down every time he meets you and other people. Its actually fun.

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  18. Stella says:

    My pit bull jumps up and when I am sitting climbs up on me like a lap do…but he is 9 months old and weighs 50 plus pounds. He also keeps grabbing my bed pillows and shaking them till they rip….he only stops if I get him a treat but that seams like rewarding the bad behavior. I know it is a game to him but any advice?

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    chris Reply:

    my boston loves the bed, she used to jump on the bed with my wife without permission first which seemed to empowered her to be the alpha dog of the bed. @ first I used to play the game but relized she was learning a bad habit so we always wait now until I invite her up, that settled who the boss was, we would give her about 10min. of love and that’s the way we finished the day and then let her know to go to her bed, she resisted but after 2 years of being consistent she now gets up even when we fall asleep and put herself to bed, saying all this, it seems she is well trainined in this area of disciplen. hope this helps you. oh ya, we never give her treats in bed so it is straight good dog behaviour never waiting a treat. so stay consistant and make sure your the boss at all times.

    chris

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    chris Reply:

    another thing is she likes to take over the car but we settled it the same way as the bed, I have to invite her in my car if she is to go out with her, the way we implemented this was ” my wife would say” “Go ask daddy if you can come with: so any time I go she ask my wife and then she ask me, seems like sometimes she tries to circumvent the way to go out but we are human and hopefully we are smarter then her. sometimes I wonder!! LOL

    chris

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  19. sugathan says:

    Hi
    Actually this is the problem with my male boerboele.Sometimes he will jump on me and wont obey me but sometimes he is very obedient.I was wondering that why he got this cranky habit.My two females doesnt have this habit and very rarely they do that but in very calm manner.I want purchase the complete training programme in video.Pls let me know the total cost of the same.Iam living in Uganda and not in a position to transfer the money through Credit card but i can send a TT or Bank draft.Pls comment.

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  20. Mary Schultz says:

    I have two 11 month old German Shepherds whom I cannot control when it comes to jumping. When I come down in the morning, they both go crazy to see me & I cannot keep them off me. I tell them “mo jump” & try to hold them down, but get many scratches in the mean time. One of them has even cracked my tooth. Ignoring them or turning your back makes them even more excitable.

    The leash method sounds great for one dog, but trying it with two is almost impossible. Please help

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  21. mary fara says:

    hello any information in training a SIBERIAN HUSKY…4mths old..

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  22. Mdue says:

    wow sounds good will try it out.

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  23. Diane E says:

    I have a laborder retreiver that is 6 months old now. She will not let the cats alone. I have 2 cats and they are afraid. They want to stay outside all day away from her and I do not want that. She chases them in the house and jumps on them. Its so hard at feeding time with the cats. Any sugesstions?

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  24. amy says:

    It all sounds great but I still fail at it miserably. I am about to throw in the towel!! I must be an idiot because I just do not know how to train my 2 dogs!! help please!

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  25. Sarah says:

    I have a almost 1yr old chihuahua, i can get him to stop jumping and sit but as soon as anyone reaches in to pet him he rolls over and his “lipstick” comes out, I could deal with it in a larger dog its just over excitement but in a 5lb dog there’s not much room left to safely pet, I’ve tried turning away and trying over and over but its like his knee jerk reaction, I’m at a loss, I’ve tried encouraging him to stay up right with treats but he prefers belly rubs, I’ve tried to hold his shoulders but he turns in his skin until i have to let him turn or risk hurting him, i have even tried holding the nape of his neck (i found out very quickly he is not a dog that tolerates this, he screams like I’m beating him, though his mother prefers to be picked up by the nape of her neck instead of around the chest) im not sure what to do about this issue any more, any help would be appreciated.

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    Minette Reply:

    If you don’t allow anyone to pet his belly, he should give up on the idea.

    If he isn’t neutered I would get him neutered

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