Most people don't seem to mind when a fluffy little puppy is jumping up on them for hugs, but big dogs aren't as easy to indulge. Their size and strength alone make jumping up somewhat dangerous and irritating. It's not their fault, however, as this is their way of greeting their humans. It also doesn't help that people may have encouraged face licks and face time with them when they were young puppies -- they simply carried this allowed behavior into adulthood. So how do you discourage this behavior? Follow the steps below.
Show the jumper no attention when you walk in or whenever he's jumping. Don't say "No" or "Down." Even these kind of words are giving the jumper attention, which to him is a signal to keep jumping up.
Pull your arms close to your chest while she's jumping on you. Don't push her down or use your hands in any fashion, as this is signaling some sort of attention.
Turn and walk away, such as back out the door you came in, if he's jumping on you when you enter. As you're walking, be sure not to give him any attention. Simply pull your arms up, turn around and walk away. This may be slightly annoying at first, as a jumper that's not accustomed to this may at first not get the hint you're trying to drop.
Give a firm "sit" command during the jumping process. Training your pup to sit instead of jump can ease your dog's confusion regarding what he's really supposed to be doing. Give the dog attention only when all four of his paws are on the ground where they're supposed to be.
When Meeting Other People
Follow these procedures when you're walking your pooch. If a person comes by that your dog wants to greet, make him sit. Let the other person know what's going on in the training process. Handing the other person a treat and having them give the "sit" command will help tremendously; your dog will come to understand that sitting for a nice stranger or guest equals yummy treats.
By Jasey Kelly
The Humane Society of the United States: Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Teaching Your Dog Not to Jump Up on People
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Dogs Jumping When Greeting
Perfect Paws: Stop Dog and Puppy Jumping Up
About the Author
With a professional background in gardening, landscapes, pests and natural ecosystems, Jasey Kelly has been sharing her knowledge through writing since 2009 and has served as an expert writer in these fields. Kelly's background also includes childcare, and animal rescue and care.