How To Stop A Dog From Jumping Up On You
The first thing you need to do is get your hands away from him. If he’s still jumping up, then you’re going to have to use some force to keep him off of you.
Once again, if it’s a small dog like a pug or golden retriever, just grab them by their legs and hold them tightly with one hand while grabbing the back of their neck with the other. If it’s a larger dog like a Great Dane or German Shepherd, you’ll probably have to use both hands.
If you’ve got two hands free, then try to grab the front of their pants (the part around their waist) so they don’t pull away from you. Again, if they’re large enough to pull away from you, then grab them by the throat instead.
Once you’ve gotten them off of you, then turn around and walk backwards until they are no longer able to move forward. Then turn around and repeat the process.
It may take awhile, but eventually your dog will learn that jumping up isn’t something he wants to do anymore. He’ll start backing down slowly until he’s back where he started.
That’s when you can teach him not to jump up on people again!
How To Stop A Dog From Jumping Up On People In General
The first thing you need to do is get control over your dog. Now that he knows not to jump up on you anymore, it’s time to work on other people.
This is a pretty easy procedure:
1. As always, your dog should be on a leash.
You want to be able to get control over him quickly if he gets out of hand.
2. Have someone else come in the room that your dog doesn’t know.
It could be a friend, a family member, or even just a stranger off the street. It doesn’t matter as long as your dog doesn’t know them.
3. The person should walk slowly towards your dog while you hold the leash tightly.
As soon as your dog shows signs of wanting to jump (stops walking, stares at the person, etc) tell him “no” and gently pull him back towards you. Once he is no longer showing signs of jumping, then you can let go of the leash.
4. The person should continue to walk towards your dog until he jumps.
As soon as this happens, everyone should freeze and remain completely quiet for at least thirty seconds (this includes you). After this time has elapsed, the person should back away slowly and then leave the room.
5. Once the person is gone, you can do whatever you want with your dog (give him a treat, play tug-of-war, etc).
This will help him learn that only bad things happen when the person comes around instead of good things.
6. You should continue this process over the course of several days (no less than three) until your dog is no longer agitated when that person comes around.
You’ll know that the drill has “stuck” when your dog’s ears no longer go back, he isn’t showing his teeth, and his tail isn’t between his legs. At that point, you can allow the person to come in and not have a leash on your dog.
I Have More Than One Dog, How Can I Train Them Not To Jump On People?
The process is exactly the same no matter how many dogs there are. If you’ve got more than one dog though, you need to be more careful when it comes to the leashes. If you’re holding a leash in each hand, then it’s very easy for your dogs to pull you in two different directions and get themselves free.
Instead of doing this, you should either put each dog on a long line so that they have enough room to move around, or you can buy a dog leash attachment for your belt. This will allow you to keep both dogs on leashes without having to hold onto them with your hands.
My Dog Doesn’t Jump On Me, But He Jumps On My Little Sister!
Is There A Way To Stop Him From Doing That Too?
Most likely, yes. Once again, this process is exactly the same as stopping a dog from jumping on anyone. You just need to follow the steps for that particular situation.
For example, if you’re okay with your dog jumping on you but not your sister then all you have to do is follow the instructions (start from step two) for the person that your dog doesn’t jump on. Every time your dog jumps on your sister, you would stop him and let him know that she isn’t someone he can jump on.
Then you would proceed to ignore him until he stops jumping.
Every time you walk into a room with either one of you in it, your dog should immediately leave her alone. He shouldn’t show any signs of aggression or even be looking in her direction (because if he is, then you need to start all over again at step one).
When Can I Stop Using The Collar And Leash?
You can take the training collar and leash off whenever you’re sure that your dog isn’t going to jump on anyone any longer. This might be after a few days, it might be after a few weeks, or it might be after a few months. It all depends on your dog and how well he’s trained.
When the collar and leash come off, there shouldn’t be any major changes to the way you’ve been doing things. You should still ignore your dog whenever he jumps on someone, and you should still give him lots of praise and affection whenever he’s sitting still and not jumping on anyone.
At this point, you shouldn’t have to do anything; you just need to make sure that you’re not accidentally rewarding him for jumping by accidentally reacting in a way that makes him think that he’s getting your attention when he jumps (like when you step back or look up at him when he jumps)
A Week Later…
A week has gone by and you’ve made no more progress. Your dog is still jumping on everyone that comes to your door.
You’re not sure if you’re using the right technique, or if it’s just going to be a very long and difficult process. You’re getting a little frustrated by all this and starting to wonder if having a dog that jumps on people is even worth all the work that you’ve been putting into it.
But then, right when you’re about to give up, something amazing happens…
Your dog comes running into the room and he sees someone sitting on the couch. Instead of jumping up at them, he runs right up to them and sits down by their feet!
You’re pretty sure that wasn’t supposed to happen for several more weeks, but you’re not going to look a gift-horse in the mouth.
You excitedly call everyone in the house into the room to see what Fido just did. Your parents aren’t quite as impressed, but they do see that your training method is working (even if it’s a little unorthodox).
They say that as soon as you’ve done the training with all the people that live in the house, they’ll stop having everyone come in and visit for a couple of weeks. They also say that after you get the hang of things they’re going to start having visitors over more regularly so you can practice during actual social situations.
Over the next few weeks you put all your effort into training Fido. You work on having him associate people entering the house with him getting something he likes (whether that’s attention, a treat, or playtime).
You also work on having him sit calmly instead of jumping up. When people come to the house, he’s perfectly behaved and everyone is impressed with how well-trained he is.
A year passes and Fido is one of the best-behaved dogs anyone in the neighborhood has ever seen. You take him to a dog show and he wins first place in his class, impressing the judges with how well-trained he is.
You take him out in public and he doesn’t even jump on people anymore (as long as you’re with him). Instead, he starts sniffing the ground and wagging his tail. You’ve truly trained him into an exemplary member of society.
A year has passed and you’ve trained Fido to the point where he’s not just well-mannered, but he’s also a full-blown celebrity. Everyone in town knows who he is and he gets tons of attention everywhere he goes.
You’re so proud of your dog that you enter him into a dog show and not only does he win “Best in Show”, but he also wins “Best-Behaved Dog”.
Fido truly is the best dog in the world.
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