Does your dog jump on the door to come in? Whether you have glass, screens, or plain wood in the frame, this type of behavior is important to prevent. Not only are scratched doors expensive to repair or replace but a jumping dog can scare friends and family, even knocking some people to the ground. Curb unwanted behaviors with smart training, treats, and a good bit of patience.
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While it's annoying for sure, when a dog jumps on the door to come in, he's trying to get your attention. He may also be expressing a number of emotions. Canines jump for a range of reasons, including joy, excitement, and even because we humans may have encouraged it. It's adorable when your new puppy bounces up and down, but when he matures, a jumping dog can be a danger to the elderly and little kids.
Curb a jumping dog
As you work to train your dog not to jump to come in, the first step is to approach your pooch calmly because if you're loud and excited, she may view this as a signal to jump. If your pet still leaps up by way of greeting you, turn your back or stand completely still rather than reaching out and petting her or encouraging the behavior. Next, tell your dog to "sit" if she knows this command and then pet and praise her when she does.
Be consistent while training
Take your obedience training on the road, whether you're in the park, at the dog run, or having people over. Before people get close to your pet, let them know that jumping isn't allowed. Keep in mind that you may have to reject a request to meet and greet your dog if passersby are overly excited and cause your dog to jump as they approach.
Enlist friends and family
If a dog jumps on the door to come in when you arrive at home, he'll likely continue the practice when family and friends ring the bell too. To counter this behavior, prompt your guests to require your dog to sit before they enter. If your pup jumps when a new person arrives, tell the friend to turn away and ignore this action. If your dog does the right thing (he doesn't jump or he sits nicely), you or your pal can offer him a tasty treat as a reward.
Try clicker training
If consistently turning your back or asking your dog to sit isn't curbing her tendency to jump, you might try using a clicker or other noisemaker to alert your pup to the bad behavior. A traditional dog training clicker or any other type of noisemaker (a jar of pennies is an easy one to make at home) can be a smart signal to your pet that you want her to stop what she's doing. Click the device each time she jumps and then when she stops jumping, follow her good actions with a treat every time.
Offer more exercise and play time
A dog who barks, jumps on the door to come in, scratches the carpet, or chews on your favorite boots could be in need of longer walks and more mental stimulation, like playing tug of war or catch in the backyard. Make sure your pet has plenty of opportunities to get outside and burn off energy, and if you can't do it yourself, consider hiring a dog walker or sitter.