Jumping Up

Jumping up

Jumping up on people is a common behaviour problem with friendly dogs. While we may view it as inappr

 

Jumping up

Jumping up on people is a common behaviour problem with friendly dogs. While we may view it as inappropriate, it is normal dog behaviour.

Why do dogs jump up?  Dogs often jump up because they are trying to access their human family member’s face.  Young puppies will greet their mother by licking her mouth. (In the hopes of a meal, I think) Close doggie friends will greet with face rubs.  Puppies may have been rewarded with attention for it when they were small and adorable.

You need to approach this problem at a couple of levels:

  • Be prepared for the behaviour rather than reacting negatively when your dog jumps up.  You know this is a problem so put your puppy on a long line when you are expecting company. As your friends approach the door, you will step on your puppy’s leash so he physically cannot jump up on your guests.Ignore all silly behaviour but support him by limiting his range of possibilities.  When the puppy is a bit calmer you may pop a food treat in his mouth.  He must keep all four feet on the floor or better yet sit.  A long line is an excellent management tool for young dogs.  It must be used under supervision.
  • On your walks, ask your puppy to sit whenever any one approaches him.  Have your puppy sit in front of at least 10 new people this week. When he sits, pop a food treat in his mouth.   He is learning that the way to greet humans is by sitting front of them. Your puppy cannot jump if he is sitting.
  • If your puppy approaches you and attempts to jump up, immediately turn your back on him.  No touching, pushing or scolding.  When he has 4 on the floor again, you may turn back to him and quietly praise.  If your puppy approaches you and chooses to sit, pop a food treat in his mouth.

Your puppy does not know the people rules.  It is our job to help him understand human social conventions so dog human misunderstandings are kept to a minimum.