Learning how to stop your puppy from jumping up is something you need to do early on. Puppies jump when they are little to get attention, and also in the wild to lick their mother’s face to try to get food. You need to show your puppy that he will not get attention, or food, by jumping up. The puppy jumping up on you or your guests may not seem so bad, or possibly even seem cute, when they’re small. But when the dog has grown to full size, it becomes a real problem!
If your puppy is jumping up, simply turn and walk away. Ignore your puppy, no eye contact, no speaking and no touching (I know…it’s breaking your heart!) Continue to ignore, and then after your puppy has calmed down, wait for five minutes, then call your puppy to you. If your puppy does not stop jumping, isolate him by either leaving the room or by putting the puppy in another room.
I know it seems mean – like you’re hurting the puppy’s feelings – but you need to send a very clear message that jumping does not equal attention. Jumping does not equal attention. Jumping does not equal attention – see what I mean? Consider the puppy’s little brain – just a few weeks of life experience under his belt – believe me, the little guy needs you to be clear. He wants nothing more at his young age than to please you, and he can’t do that if he doesn’t understand what you want. If you consistently refrain from giving attention of any kind when the puppy jumps up, he’ll understand what you want and he’ll stop doing it.
Puppy Jumping Up on Visitors
If your puppy is jumping on your visitors, then ask them to do the same thing – ignore the puppy – turn away from the puppy, walk away from the puppy. It may also help if you hold the puppy by his collar or leash until he calms down, then release him. Repeat this process – hold him back, have visitors ignore him – until he understands, again, that jumping does not equal attention.
Puppy Jumping Up When You Are Getting Ready for a Walk
If your puppy is too excited and is jumping up on you when he knows he’s going for a walk, try putting the leash down and wait for ten minutes or until your puppy is calm, then try again. It is important, even though you may be ready to go for the walk, that you don’t rush it!
- Do not speak. Stay calm and do not say a word when your puppy jumps up. Remember your puppy is seeking attention.
- Jumping up is not his way of saying I love you! Jumping up is attention-seeking behavior, nothing more.
- Space is very important to dogs. If you allow them to invade yours whenever they want, they will lose respect for you.
- It’s ok to give attention only when the puppy is calm and not jumping up.
- Teaching the puppy the “sit” command may also help. Getting him to sit, instead of jumping up, is an option.
Two Common Mistakes
Inconsistency. Don’t slip and give attention while the puppy is jumping up.
Making Eye Contact. Making eye contact invites your puppy to continue what he’s doing – in this case, jumping up. So don’t make eye contact – focus on something else.
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