Top 5 Things NOT To Do When Your Dog Jumps Up
So many people struggle with stopping their dog from jumping up on people!
And, interestingly, there is some horribly bad information out there that will tell you how to curb this behavior.
These 5 Tips Are What NOT to Do When Your Dog Jumps Up On You:
5. Kick Him
Strange that, in the world we live in, where dogs have more rights than ever before, people are still condoning kicking or kneeing a dog that jumps up.
Will it work?
I suppose that it would work if the pain was so significant that the dog literally thought he never wanted to do that again, but I don’t think it is fair.
After all, you will just end up with a dog that is terrified of YOU. 🙁
What a horrible relationship it would be to be terrified of your best friend or your spouse.
There are better ways to stop your dog from jumping up!
4. Pinch His Paws
This little piece of advice is along the same lines as the advice above.
As the story goes, you are supposed to take his front feet and pinch them to cause the experience to be negative.
Or, you are to hold them until he panics.
Ironically, I have used the “hold them” with some success.
But the truth is, there is nothing positive about this.
3. Ignore Him
Ignoring him also won’t work.
Jumping is a self-rewarding behavior.
The dog gets a “high” when he gets into your personal space.
So, ignoring or yelling isn’t going to work.
2. Turn Away
This is one of my pet peeves – trainers who recommend that you “turn away”.
I don’t think I have literally EVER seen this work.
What does happen is the dog follows you around and your turning is likely to excite him even more.
It is like turning away is playing keep away.
And, keep away is a fun game for your dog.
Unfortunately, jumping can’t be ignored or turned away from.
Jumping actually needs to be corrected.
1. Pet Him
This is the WORST thing that you could do!
Ironically 95% of people are guilty of doing this with their dog.
The dog jumps up to get closer to your face… and you lean over and pet him and coo.
Puppies learn this behavior early on in their lives.
They dance and scratch at their new owner’s legs and get petted and picked up.
For some reason, we think this behavior is adorable on a puppy but horrifying when the same behavior is shown by an adult dog!
It is sad that our expectations change so quickly.
The truth is that by petting our dogs and puppies, we are teaching them that this behavior is not only acceptable but GOOD.
But then, at some point, the dog jumps on the wrong person, or he rips your clothes and you realize what a bad behavior he is showing.
The problem is, you place the blame on the dog instead of blaming yourself for confusing the dog in the beginning.
And, for dogs, bad habits are hard to break.
So, once you have created the problem, I would ask you to be consistent, but patient, when it comes to change.
Start now, by vowing you won’t let your dog jump up on anyone, anymore!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.