How to Stop Big Dogs From Jumping on You

by Ledan Seja
    A big dog's greeting can be overwhelming.

    A big dog's greeting can be overwhelming.

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    Most people don't seem to mind when a fluffy little puppy is jumping up on them for hugs, but big dogs aren't as easy to indulge. Their size and strength alone make jumping up somewhat dangerous and irritating. It's not all their fault, however, as this is their way of greeting their humans. It doesn't help that most people encourage face licks and face time with young puppies.

    Step 1

    Show the jumper no attention when you walk in or whenever he's jumping. Don't say "No" or "Down." Even these kind of words are giving the jumper attention, which to him is a signal to keep jumping up.

    Step 2

    Pull your arms close to your chest while she's jumping on you. Don't push her down or use your hands in any fashion, as this is signaling some sort of attention.

    Step 3

    Turn and walk away, such as back out the door you came in, if he's jumping on you when you enter. As you're walking, be sure not to give him any attention. Simply pull your arms up, turn around and walk away. This may be slightly annoying at first, as a jumper that's not accustomed to this may not get the hint you're trying to drop for a little bit.

    Step 4

    Give a firm "sit" command during the jumping process. Training your pup to sit instead of jump can ease the pup's confusion regarding what he's really supposed to be doing. Give the pup attention only when all four of his paws are on the ground where they're supposed to be.

    Step 5

    Follow these procedures when you're walking your pooch, if it's your pooch that's the jumper. If a person comes by that your dog wants to greet, make him sit. Let the other person know what's going on and the training process. Giving the other person a treat and having them give the "sit" command will help tremendously; your pup will come to understand that sitting for a nice stranger or guest equals yummy treats.

    An Item You Will Need

    • Treats

    Tips

    • Consistency is the key to this training, as it is with other forms of dog training. Positive reinforcement, such as praising with gentle strokes and a loving "Good boy!" when all four of his feet are on the ground and he hasn't knocked you over trying to kiss your face, helps.
    • For more extensive training, you can work with a friend your dog likes to jump on. Have a treat ready to hold the dog's attention when the friend arrives. Have your dog sit before the friend enters. When your friend enters, redirect his attention to the treat as he moves to leap on your friend. Give the treat when the dog's attention is on you and the treat, and all four paws are on the floor. Have your friend repeat the process until the dog is no longer interested, then have your friend hold the treat while you enter through the door. A dog can only tolerate 15 or so minutes of training at a time, so you'll want to reinforce with training sessions often.

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    About the Author

    With a strong background in pets, gardening, landscapes, pests and natural ecosystems, Ledan Seja has been sharing her knowledge through writing since 2009 and has served as an expert writer in these fields. Real estate -- primarily commercial spaces and neighborhood trends -- has also been a main focus in her writing with her work appearing on 42Floors.com and more.

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