How to stop your dog from jumping on people

Austin dog jumping

Does your dog jump up on you or your guests? Here are a few tips!

  1. Train your dog to sit and stay (or ‘go to your mat’). When he is calm and obedient, you can kneel down and give him affection.
  2. It’s your job not to let anyone else allow your dog to jump up on them, even if they say “It’s OK I don’t mind!” Just let them know that he is in training and ask them to follow your lead.
  3. Practice makes perfect! Practice when you’re not in a rush to get in or out the door, and remain calm and consistent. You can ask a friend or neighbor to help you.
  4. Never reward your dog for jumping. He may see any form of touch (bumping him with your knee or pushing him away, for example) as affection or a game. If he is jumping you can try to turn around and ignore him, then ask him to sit and stay until he is calm.
  5. Above all, be consistent and try to remain neutral. Getting upset or excited will only contribute to his own excitement.

For Gusto Dogs clients:

We can work on your dog’s jumping habits when we visit with him and during his walk. It’s important that we’re all on the same page so we’ll discuss with you the methods you’re using so we can be consistent. If we think the issue needs more attention, we can refer you to a trusted dog trainer in Austin.

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About Kristen West

Kristen started Gusto Dogs in Austin after running a pet sitting and walking business for two years in Sydney, Australia. After discovering that the dogs benefited much more from incorporating enrichment into their daily walks, Kristen decided to make it a part of every Gusto dog walk with the aim to provide a more fulfilling experience for Austin's dogs and their owners.