Are you struggling to train your dog not to jump up on people? This behavior is natural for dogs because when they see someone new they are excited to greet them and want to jump up to be closer to their face. When they are small puppies, we encourage this behavior because they are so cute and cuddly. However, when your dog grows from a puppy to a full grown dog you don’t want them jumping up on people, especially children and the elderly, because it might cause harm. Young children and frail elderly people can be knocked over by enthusiastic dogs and can hurt themselves.
Unfortunately, too many dog owners have their dogs put down by their animal doctor Staten Island because of behavior problems like this that can be easily solved. So how can you discourage this behavior and make your dog safer around people?
Dog Training Tips from Your Animal Doctor Staten Island
Try these tips to discourage your dog from jumping up and if they don’t work, consult your animal doctor Staten Island for some more guidance:
- First of all, don’t acknowledge the behavior. Your dog jumps up to get your attention, so if he does so just ignore him. Even pushing him away is a form of attention and encourages him more. Simply cross your arms, avoid eye contact and turn your back until your dog has all four paws on the floor again.
- As soon your dog is back on the floor again you can turn around and give them the attention and affection they are looking for. If they start to jump again, repeat the process. Your dog will associate jumping up with being ignored and being on the floor with your affection.
- Be sure to instruct all other members of the family and guests to your home to act the same way if the dog jumps up on them, otherwise they will be reinforcing the bad behavior.
- It is important to be consistent. You can’t reward the dog with pats and enthusiastic hellos one day and then be angry at him for jumping up the next day. The behavior needs to be treated the same way every time so that your dog can learn.
- Don’t hurt your dog, such as kneeing it in the chest or stepping on its feet. This will only frighten and confuse the dog rather than teach it. If your dog is nipping or biting as well as jumping up, ask your animal doctor Staten Island to refer you to a specialist dog trainer.
Keep these tips in mind for training your dog and if you need more help, consult your animal doctor Staten Island.