Puppy’s are like children; they will jump up and down. They are simply enjoying their new environment as it is not known for them to be destructive or noisy. However, this behavior is certainly not something that you are looking forward to and learning how to stop puppy from jumping will be your primarily goal!
Apart from jumping, your puppy could also shows other unacceptable behaviors such as chewing, barking and elimination. So, as you can see, it takes much effort to have your puppy house trained. That being said, let us look at some easy way to stop your puppy from jumping.
There are a number of reasons why puppy jumps up. One is that he is happy to see you. This is undoubtedly the number one reason. As happy as the dog, he wants to be close to you and to show you his loyalty and devotion.
In order to fix it this “jumping”, you have to break the association that is causing your puppy to jump up. In order to break that association you have to remove the “reward”. This is done by ignoring your puppy.
When he is not jumping up, you pay attention to him and if he starts jumping up on you again, you do the same thing – ignore him. Not only are you teaching him that no attention is to be given when he jumps up, but you are also teaching him that he can’t get your attention by repeating this behavior.
Is your puppy over excited? Make sure that he is getting plenty of exercise. Whether you have an obedience training, play in the park or walk with him, make sure he is getting enough activity to occupy him and calm him down.
If your puppy is jumping up to get your attention, he may be frustrated because he is not happy with what is going on in his new home. He may feel that he should be given more space. You can take him out to play more often during less busy times of the day.
Another method you can use is to distract him with something else when he jumps up. You can also distract him with water or using a water gun.
If you are consistent, your dog will learn within a week or so that jumping up will not get him the attention he wants. It is important to remember that it takes time, so be patient. Your puppy will eventually learned not to jump up on you or others and will begin to control his excitement.
Jumping is also often the result of a dog’s need to be dominant. Dogs are pack animals and they want to be on upper paw in the pack, preferably be their alpha. If your dog decides that he is the boss, you will most certainly find yourself dealing with his behavioral problems along the way.
You can also reinforce your puppy with a “NO” command whenever he jumps on you. He might not understand what “NO” means, but he will learn that whenever he jumps up, you are going to do something about it.
The best way to do this is to push back gently but firmly on his paws whenever he jumps up. You want to make sure that he is aware of the fact that when he does this (jumping up), you are going to respond.
This response you are going to give him is not a punishment, more of ignoring him. Gradually he will aware that if he wants to get your attention and praise, he has to act like a good dog.
Dogs find affection and positive attention especially when they jump. By simply turning around with your back facing your excited puppy (when he jumps on you), he will learn that jumping wouldn’t catch your attention.
“Ignoring” is such a valuable lesson for your puppy and is an easy thing to teach him. Sure, your puppy might still stand around hoping for your love and attention initially, but he will gradually learned to correct his behavior so as to get your trust.
Dogs are all about instinct, and they instinctively know what they can and can’t get away with. It doesn’t take long to have your puppy trained to understand that jumping up on you is inappropriate!
There is some truth to the old saying that puppies consort to their own forms of entertainment. Jumping up is, for many puppies, one of the forms of entertainment. Once your puppy has sat quietly for a moment, and then is released, he will seek to re-engage this stimulation (jumping).
By making use of the above tips, you can have your puppy “kicks” off this undesirable behavior. It’s important to keep in mind that you should never punish your puppy when he is jumping on you. If you do so, you will only be setting him up for more problems down the road.