How to Stop Your Dog From Jumping on People

Does your canine buddy jump for joy to greet you at the door? Fido’s happy welcomes are absolutely adorable, but they are also bad doggy manners … especially if your pooch is jumping on guests. In fact, this can be very dangerous! A local Carmel, IN vet offers some helpful tips on how to stop your dog from jumping in this article.


All dogs should know basic doggy obedience commands. This training can come in very handy when dealing with behavioral issues. Have Fido Sit or Lay Down when guests arrive.

Be Consistent

We know, Fido’s joyful greetings are super cute, and hard to resist. But if you respond to your pet’s welcome-home happy dancing by petting him and giving him attention, you may be inadvertently encouraging his bad behavior. Ignore your pup for a few minutes when you walk in the door.

Nip It In The Bud

Your dog’s size plays a role in how problematic his jumping is. A Chihuahua jumping is displaying bad petiquette, but probably isn’t going to knock anyone over. A large breed, however, could push a person down, and cause serious injury. If you have a puppy that is going to grow into a big dog, take time to correct your furry buddy’s bad behavior now, while he’s little.

Teaching Good Habits

Teach Fido that he won’t get any ear scritches or back scratches if he jumps. In fact, you’ll want to ignore your pup completely until and unless all four of those cute little (or not so little) paws are on the floor. When your canine buddy is sitting or standing politely, go ahead and give him the attention he is craving so desperately.

Reinforcing Behavior

There are several training tactics that can help you stop bad habits, and reinforce good behavior. One option is to immediately turn away from your furry friend when he starts jumping. Give a vocal command, such as ‘Down’ or ‘Don’t Jump.’ Then, have Fido sit. As soon as your four-legged pal is sitting down, immediately pet him and praise him. Ask your vet or a professional dog behaviorist for specific recommendations.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health, behavior, or care? We are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. Please feel free to call us, your local Carmel, IN animal hospital, anytime.

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