Training Your Puppy to Stop Jumping
Posted: May 04, 2018
When you first bring your puppy home, he quickly begins to become attached to you. When he is left alone for any length of time, he is so happy to see you when you return and jumps anxiously around and on you to let you know how much he’s missed you. This jumping seems harmless enough in the beginning of your relationship when your puppy is small and lightweight. However, this habit can become quite a problem as your dog grows and develops into a larger and heavier animal.
This is a habit you should begin breaking at the very beginning of the puppy training process. The longer you wait to address it, the harder it will be to break the habit later on. It may not seem like a big issue when the puppy is young, but it will be a problem later so it is best to follow the puppy training advice and work on it in the beginning.
Your puppy wants your approval, so the first step is not rewarding his bad behavior. This is difficult because the puppy is showing you affection when he jumps on you, and you appreciate his excitement regarding your return. When your puppy starts the jumping, simply ignore him. Don’t pat him, but turn your back to him and give him time to calm down. Don’t yell at the puppy or hit him with a rolled up newspaper. Simply ignore him.
The main focus is that he understands you are not amused, and you are not playing with him. Whenever he assumes you are playing with him at the time he is performing this behavior, he takes that as encouragement to do it again. Think of it this way. If you are teaching a dog to perform a trick or a behavior, you reward him when he does it. That is so he will perform the trick or behavior again when requested. He receives praise or a treat, so he feels rewarded for performing this action.
The same holds true if you reward a dog for bad behavior. The puppy does not know any better. He thinks you want him to jump because you are praising him for it by patting him, smiling at him, and allowing the behavior to continue. Once your dog settles down and stops jumping, you can greet him and accept his welcome to you for returning to him after your absence. Reward or give him a toy only after he stops jumping. He must understand the difference of being rewarded for the right action versus not being rewarded for the wrong one.
After you have taught your puppy to sit and stay, these commands are of great assistance in teaching him not to jump, also. The training will take some time; it won’t happen all at once. Be patient with your puppy, but learn to be firm as well without harsh words and without physical punishment. Dogs can be trained without using verbal or physical abuse.
Teacher-turned online blogger, Shirley is a full-time backyard homesteader based in Virginia. When she doesn't have her face buried in a book or striding in her garden, she's busy blogging about simple life hacks of the daily life.