Dogs that Jump and
How to Stop them
A dog that jumps on its owner or on his owner’s guests doesn’t know his place in the
house. He thinks he’s the pack leader and wants to make sure you and your guests
understand that. This can be quite frustrating, but it’s a common behavioural problem that
can be avoided.
Not only is jumping frowned upon by some people, but it’s actually unacceptable to many
individuals. Here are a few methods you can apply while your dog is still a puppy and even
later when he’s an adolescent or adult dog.
MAKE SURE YOUR DOG KNOWS
YOU’RE THE PACK LEADER
If you don’t show your dog you’re the pack leader, confusion sets in and he
might feel the need to play the role of pack leader. When this happens, it
can cause a lot of tension and irritation. The pack leader should be calm,
firm and consistent. Assume your role.
HOLD BACK ON ATTENTION AND AFFECTION
WHEN ARRIVING HOME
Your dog loves you and probably missed you while you were away (even if it was
just for an hour). By giving your dog too much attention every time you arrive
home and by reacting to his excitement, you encourage the development of
unhealthy behaviour and increase his stress levels. At the end of the day, your
pup is still an animal and you need to keep communication clear and simple to
maintain a natural, healthy bond. Stay calm.
ADDRESS JUMPING BY CORRECTING
YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOUR
Before you met your pup, or adopted your dog, his mum played the role of
pack leader. She would have calmly, but firmly, corrected behaviour that
wasn’t acceptable by simply moving the puppy out of the way. This correction
helps to establish boundaries which you need to continue applying so
your pup remains submissive and obedient.
ASK YOUR DOG TO SIT BEFORE WELCOMING GUESTS
For this to work, your dog needs to respect you and respond to the “Sit”
command. Don’t accept any other behaviours. If your dog gets excited and
jumps on your guests, calmly take him to a safe timeout area until he calms
down. Remember: the pack leader never negotiates.
ONCE A LEADER, ALWAYS A LEADER
Being pack leader is a permanent position and you can’t just switch off
when you feel like it. If you’re not consistent you will just end up confusing
your dog which can lead to hyper behaviour. Inconsistency can also cause
anxiety and leave your dog withdrawn and fearful. So the best thing you
can do is stick to your position and its responsibilities. Be firm, but kind and