How to Stop a Dog From Jumping Up

Teach your dog to sit quietly for greetings, rather than jump on people.

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
4-minute read
Episode #9

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice polite greetings with as many people as you can rustle up. Choose several locations where real greetings might happen. The more practice, the better. If visitors are the most frequent jumpees, your approaching person can enter the house as any guest would do. To up the ante, have the faux visitor make with the big “Hello! Haven’t seen you in aaaaaaaaaaaages!”

When your dog’s heinie is glued to the ground till you okay him to get up, start the whole process over again minus the leash. If the dog breaks his sit more than once or twice and goes over to the approaching person, go back and practice some more with the dog leashed.

Finally, while your dog is learning to sit patiently as fake guests come in, don’t set him up to practice exactly the opposite with real guests. Having company? Crate your dog, leash him, or put him behind a baby gate till everyone’s settled and he’s calmed down. Then bring him out, on leash, to say polite hellos.

Now that your dog constitutes the world’s most gracious welcome committee, please call me with your further questions at 206-600-5661. Or e-mail dogtrainer@quickanddirtytips.com. I post training and behavior info on Facebook, too – click on the link on my page at quickanddirty tips.com. That’s all for today. Thanks for listening.

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About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).