Jumping

Jumping, like so many other problem behaviors, is a natural behavior in the dog world. It is, however, important to have a qualified professional determine whether it is friendly or serious* jumping, in order to develop the correct treatment plan.

Jumping, like chewing or digging, is a self rewarding behavior, especially if it is friendly jumping that is being reinforced through human contact. However, there are several easy solutions.

Jumping at greeting when you come home each day –

1) Use treats or toys to distract and refocus the dog’s attention, throw the toys or treats away from you on the floor as you enter.
2) Or, simply walk away from the dog and ignore them until they can greet you calmly.

Jumping while greeting others –

Take the time to set up scenarios for the dog to learn how to greet properly. Jumping results in no physical or eye contact, instruct the person helping you ahead of time to not even speak to the dog until it calms and sits next to the owner/handler. Have the person helping you turn their back to the dog when it jumps, even take a step away from you if necessary. The dog will learn quickly that jumping will not get what it wants, which is attention!

Please, always remember the best defense is a strong offense; SET THE DOG UP TO SUCCEED!

*SERIOUS JUMPING IS A FORM OF AGGRESSIVE DOG BEHAVIOR AND SHOULD ONLY BE TREATED BY A CERTIFIED

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