It was not something you expected from your calm puppy to become a jumper. But here you are with a dog jumping on furniture and people. You can train your dog not to jump.
Why do dogs jump on people?
Is your dog jumping on people? There are many reasons dogs may jump on people. Two of the most common reasons dogs do this are getting excited or controlling situations. Your dog may jump on you after being away for so long upon returning from work. Dogs that jump on people might be displaying a mix of dominance and excitement. It could be your pet’s way of saying, “I’m the dog in charge!”
What is the maximum height a dog can jump? It depends on many factors, such as the dog’s size, age, health, and condition. Some breeds can jump more than 6 feet (1.83m). According to the American Kennel Club, most dogs can jump “several times their height”. However, the AKC recommends that puppies not jump at great heights before at least 12-15 months of age.
Australian shepherds are the best breeds for agility sports such as jumping. This doesn’t mean that your Chihuahua, Rhodesian Ridgeback, or Chihua won’t be able to leap at incredible heights. You might be surprised at how high your dog can jump into the air.
Your dog may naturally fall as they age or gain weight and lose strength.
How to train a dog not to jump on people
Do you want to know how to teach your dog not to jump? There are many ways to teach your dog to stay on the ground with all four paws.
Before determining the training your dog needs, it is important to understand where they jump. Do they jump on furniture or guests? Is it possible for them to jump over the fence in your yard? You can then put in place methods to stop the behaviour. It is easier to teach your dog something than not to do it.
If your dog jumps up on people, for example:
- Begin by teaching your dog to sit, lie, and stay. Then reward them for following your instructions and remaining calm.
- This positive reinforcement can help your dog get the attention that they want.
- To discourage jumping, you can turn your back on your dog if they do. If you pay attention to your dog jumping, it reinforces the behaviour.
- Do not shout at your dog if he jumps up. This may encourage the behaviour.
- You might consider leashing your dog and confining them in a separate house area behind a gate or door.
- Invite a friend or relative to your dog’s training sessions. As they wait, have them ring the bell and ensure your dog is sitting down. After you have opened the door, let them wait while you let your guest in. Reward your dog for being good. Your pet will learn to respect people and stop jumping on them.
You can use similar training methods to help your pet learn how to stop jumping on furniture and other objects. Also, make sure you remove any toys or items that may cause the jumping behaviour. If your pet grabs the treats on the table and jumps towards them, you might consider hiding the container in the closet. Dog gates can keep your pet in one room of the house so they don’t jump on the bed or run around the house while you do dishes or clean up.
Jumping is a behaviour that you can change by training. A behaviour specialist may be able to help you if your pet is having difficulty jumping. Many dog trainers will come to your house and train your pet in your own home. Your dog can also join a class with other dogs to socialize and have fun.