Dogs bring us much joy. But sometimes, they behave in ways that are quite inconvenient, and even unsafe. A large dog that is jumping up on people, for example, can knock them to the ground and cause injury. And even medium-sized canines can accidentally hurt elderly people or children. In this article, we provide simple methods to stop dogs from jumping up. First, however, let us see why so many dogs seem compelled to jump up on people.
Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up
HOW CAN I STOP MY DOG FROM JUMPING UP?
WHY DO DOGS JUMP UP ON PEOPLE?
Essentially, jumping up and trying to lick someone’s face is a sign of affection. In nature, canine mothers leave their young in the safety of their den whilst going out hunting. Upon their return, the puppies nuzzle the mother’s snout, nudging and licking. In this way, they activate their mom’s reflex to regurgitate some of the food she has eaten on the hunt.
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HOW TO PREVENT DOGS FROM JUMPING UP?
Nevertheless, as our dog’s loving leaders, we want to channel their affection into more convenient behaviours. Many dogs rudely jump up on their owners when they come back home. To change this behaviour, train them to sit down instead. Teaching a “Sit and Stay” is useful for many occasions. But what about very boisterous and energetic dogs – how can you possibly get them calm enough to sit down? After all, many dogs are in an over-excited state of mind when their owners return home.
1. Teaching “Sit & Stay”
As a first step, we recommend working on your dog’s obedience during calmer times of the day. Performing a good, solid “Sit” on cue is a skill that every dog should have. It could even save their lives one day: Stopping and sitting down can prevent dogs from running out into the road, for instance. The cue “Sit and Stay” is also the foundation of teaching your dog impeccable manners. Ideally, all dogs should sit and wait before running out of doors, eating, or jumping on furniture. With consistent practise, sitting down and waiting will become a habit for your dog. And once this habit is formed, stopping any jumping is easy. To do that, we recommend using the 3-step formula of correcting, redirecting and reinforcing. So, whenever your dog is jumping up, either ignore them or verbally correct them. Then, ask them to sit and stay. Once they have sat down and are looking up to you, reinforce this desirable behaviour with plenty of praise.
2. Using Dog Training Tools
But what if your dog simply is too excited to calm down and respond to verbal corrections? In these cases, we recommend using a slip lead. Our Ragnar Slip Leash is an ideal tool for such instances. Jumping up is a self-rewarding behaviour for dogs. But in blocking it with the Ragnar Slip Leash, you can effectively break this habit. Easy to handle and suitable for dogs of any age, the Ragnar Leash is very safe to use: Unlike conventional slip leads, this model has an adjustable metal plate. This feature allows you to control how far the leash contracts. In this way, you can communicate with your dog without worrying about their health. Once you have corrected your dog’s attempt to hump, you can redirect them to sit down. If they refuse to do so, simply pull the slip leash up a little. This method works equally well for energetic puppies and excitable adult dogs. And after a few repetitions, your dog’s jumping up should already have diminished. Be patient, be persistent, and you will succeed in stopping your dog’s jumping habit.
3. Establishing Calm, Consistent Leadership
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