How To Train A Dog To Not Jump On You

How To Train A Dog To Not Jump On You


You love your dog, but sometimes he wants to jump up on you and other people. Many owners have no problem with this, but some are bothered by it, especially if the dog is very large or just too excited in general about meeting new people. Even if you don’t mind, your guests or friends might not appreciate it. So what can be done? Now that’s where we come in!

The Jumping Up

You know, the dog that wants to be petted or to get fed, but also wants to play with you. The jumping up is a combination of excitement and desire for attention.

There are times when we want our dogs on the ground by us: when we’re cooking dinner; if they are laying on our bed; if I’m eating at my desk and they want some attention. But in those moments, I need them off me!

How do we get them off? With obedience training!

We teach them the command “down,” which means lie down on their belly. Then whenever they jump up (or even if they just start sniffing around my feet), I say “down.” They immediately drop down onto their bellies because it’s what we’ve trained them to do consistently throughout the day.

What You Should Do

Now that you know what to do, here’s how to do it.

  • Know your dog’s body language, and know your dog’s triggers.
  • When a trigger is approaching or has reached a certain point, react quickly (if necessary) with the appropriate behavior for the situation: reward if positive or punish if negative reinforcement is desired.
  • When teaching your pet new behaviors, always reward them when they get something right the first time; never punish them for getting it wrong because this could lead to fear of performing that action in the future!

The No Jumping Up When Greeting People

This is a great time to review the steps you’ve taken thus far. If, after reviewing these steps, you find that your dog still jumps up on people when greeting them and they do not have food or toys in their hand, then it is time to move on and teach him/her some more appropriate greetings.

  • For now, just keep practicing what you have learned so far and try not to let your dog jump up!

1. Play the greet-and-sit game.

  • Play the greet-and-sit game. When your dog jumps on you, say “no jumping,” then push him down gently to sit. Once he’s sitting, give him a treat and praise him for being calm when he greets you. Repeat this process several times so that he learns that there is an alternative way to greet people besides jumping up at them.

When it comes time to go outside, take a toy or treat with you and encourage your dog to sit before opening the door or even stepping out of the house (although if they’re excited about going outside this could be difficult). As soon as they kneel down, reward them by giving them their toy or treat right away so that they remember what behavior got them what they wanted!

2. Turn your back as they jump up.

  • Be consistent. If you want your dog to stop jumping on you, stick to your guns. Don’t give in and pet them or hug them or play with them or give them attention or a treat when they jump up on you.
  • Be patient. It will take time for your pup to learn this new behavior, so don’t expect instant results and get discouraged if they don’t start getting it right away!

3. Get Excited When They Sit To Greet You

When they sit to greet you, reward them with a treat. When they sit to greet you, reward them with a toy. When they sit to greet you, reward them with a pat on the head. When they sit to greet you, reward them with a kiss. When they sit to greet you, reward them with a hug.

Don’t Use Physical Corrections

Physical corrections are often thought of as a natural way to train your dog, but they can easily cause problems if used incorrectly. For example, if you hit your dog every time she jumps on you, she may become fearful of you and react defensively or aggressively. It’s also possible that she won’t connect jumping with being punished because most dogs can’t understand the connection between two unrelated events—especially when one is something as complex as fear or aggression. In addition to these potential risks, physical corrections may cause an animal to become more aggressive in general; for example, if a puppy jumps on someone and gets smacked down for it once or twice before learning what’s acceptable behavior and what isn’t, this could turn into a lifetime habit of running up against people’s personal space instead of respecting personal boundaries (and possibly resulting in bites).

You gotta love your dog, but you also gotta be clear with them about what behaviors are acceptable, and which ones aren’t.

Your dog is a creature of habit, so it’s important that you’re consistent in your training. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to stick with it and always keep the same rules in place.

If your dog jumps on you when they are meeting someone new or if they jump on people while they’re entering your home, teach them a command like “No Jumping” or “Off.” When they do this inappropriate behavior, tell them firmly “no jumping” while tapping their nose or giving them an alternate behavior like sitting or laying down. Then give them an incentive reward when they complete the task correctly (like food treats) so that this becomes their preferred behavior over jumping up on others. This will take time but will eventually teach them how to behave appropriately around others instead of trying to get attention from jumping up all the time


Remember that no matter what you think of your dog’s jumping behavior, it is very important to provide them with a consistent and loving training. A great way to do so is by using a positive reinforcement system. It will help your dog understand how they should behave and help them have the best time possible.

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