The ultimate quest is to learn how to stop your puppy from jumping on people, dogs and furniture in many cases. Jumping can be very annoying in some of the best case scenarios but, it also can be very threating and taxing to someone that does not appreciate puppies or dogs and worse, if that person is scared of canines.
To be quite honest, puppies that jump on dog lovers is often a turn off to them too, of course, when the jumping is unsolicited. Dedicated Dog Training loves children, but even a kid jumping on one of our members can be quite disturbing too.
How to stop a puppy from jumping, like many dog challenges and the quest for finding the best solutions attract all of the professional dog trainers, friends, family members, neighbors and even strangers to give you the best advice on how to combat the issue; the only problem, most of the above are relying on what worked for them or a friend, they are very seldom taking the type of puppy you have, the person you are and the circumstances that surround you (where the puppy came from, the puppy’s training history, etc….)
Multiple Training Methods to Stop Puppy Jumping
In dog training there are many methods or techniques that dog trainers can use to arrive at the same destination; however, deciding what is best is where the art of dog training lies.
There are a few things to consider when trying to decide on what method or methods you will use when learning how to stop a puppy from jumping. Some of these things are:
1. Age of the puppy: the age of the puppy is very important. The same correction administered to a dog and puppy will most definitely be viewed differently. So, different corrections must be used for not only different ages in the canine, but for different temperaments. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest mistakes a dog trainer or puppy owner can make it to employ a “cookie-cutter” approach to corrections; the same correction to, two (2) different types of canines will send two (2) different types of messages.
2. Rewards are a great way to prevent and mitigate jumping; they’re best used after you have the puppies attention, but sometimes, you get a puppy that is so food motivated, that may be enough to divert his or her attention from the ringing doorbell or the presence of a guest at your door. However, often puppy owners, some dog trainers too, use the reward system in an ineffective manner.
For example, the puppy is jumping and the person is using a piece of food as the puppy jumps, depending on the position of the puppy and the relation to your position and the person at the door’s conduct, it would be very easy to send the wrong message to the puppy, where the puppy would believe they are being prompted to jump or rewarded for jumping on the person.
3. Petting or praising the puppy while they are jumping (this is often the Biggest mistake made in dog aggression too): when the puppy is in the act of jumping or even reluctantly sitting by your side by in a state of mind ready to jump at the first opportunity and you are petting the puppy and verbally praising him or using kind words, you are socially rewarding this behavior or mindset – DON’T do it!
4. “Good puppy” and “Good job!” should be used when the puppy is calm and is not thinking about jumping: if it is used when thoughts of jumping are in their head, we’re rewarding that type of feeling.
5. Not realizing that jumping is sometimes, well, most of the time one of the biggest reward a puppy can get. This, usually, is the biggest obstacle and many times cause the puppy owner to always have a puppy that jumps wildly to the point of out of control. This type of lack of understanding often is the cause for a dog’s aggression too!
An unacceptable request for a jumping puppy.
One of the most unacceptable requests from jumping puppy owners is to ask someone at their door, who is of course not participating in a training program to allow the puppy to jump on them and either turn their back or ignore them. To ask your human guest to allow your puppy or dog to jump on them, and for them to do nothing about it is ridiculous in Dedicated Dog Training’s book. Would you ask your company to ignore your kids’ jumping on them or what you punish/correct your kids for misbehaving?