Discover Why Dogs Jump and How to Control the Behavior
The sight of a bouncing puppy may be one of the cutest things you ever see. That’s until the puppy is no longer 5 pounds. A dog who is 80 pounds probably won’t give you the same fuzzy feeling. Especially if their using their nails during their special jumping tricks. This behavior may even turn guests off from coming to see you and your sweet dog. They love your dog. But, they can’t keep replacing sweaters every time they come visit you.
First thing you’ll want to do is understand why dogs jump. You’ll want to educate yourself on this before jumping into controlling the jumping. There are many reasons behind why dogs jump. They aren’t just being an overly excited door greeter.
Why Do Dogs Jump?
Just like barking, jumping is another form of communication for your dog. They have to find some way to get our attention since they can’t talk. So, they use their body and their vocal cords to relay information to us. One of the ways they relay information is by jumping on us. Your dog may jump on you to greet you. They may do it because they are hungry or need to use the bathroom. It may also be a way of telling you that someone is at the door. Whatever the reason, more than likely they’re trying to convey a message to you. To say the least, jumping is a normal dog behavior. Like it was stated above, we all think puppies are cute when they are jumping up at us for attention. But, if we don’t get a handle on it early then it progresses into a problem. Especially if you have guest over that aren’t comfortable around dogs.
Controlling Your Jumping Dog
Preventing behavior problems down the road is best handled with a young pup. But, we don’t always have our dogs when they’re young. This is really true if you’ve adopted an older dog. They may have already came with the behavior of jumping up. If you have a puppy, you’ll want to let them know jumping is unacceptable from the get go. You can do this by doing proper socialization. This can also be done by not encouraging the behavior. As hard as it is, the best thing to do is ignore the behavior. You don’t want to get excited about it. This is telling your puppy it’s okay to jump. To keep your dog from jumping up you don’t want to recognize behavior that involves jumping.
Your dog won’t want to do it if you ignore the behavior. Instead you’ll want to reward the positive behavior. For example, if your dog greets you in a polite manner when you come home from work. Have some training treats handy and reward your dog for how polite he or she is. Guests who come to your home may not always have treats. Until you have the jumping under control you may want to find another alternative. Other things you can do is leash your dog when guests come over. Then make sure you have treats handy. This is in case your dog is polite, even on the leash, to your guest when they arrive. There’s one thing you have to remember with anything you’re trying to teach your dog. You have to be consistent in your training. You can’t encourage jumping one day. Then the next day scold your dog for jumping on you. It has to be a consistent dog training, every day method.