There’s not a whole lot more embarrassing than when your furry friend turns into a high-flying acrobat the moment you invite guests around. While their enthusiasm for meeting new friends is commendable, a joyfully jumping dog can be a tad overwhelming.
Fret not, for we’ve got some wag-tastic tricks up our sleeves to help you teach your doggo the art of polite greetings.
So, let’s jump right into it! (See what we did there 😉)
The Power of Consistent Training against a Jumping Dog
First things first, consistent training is key to curbing your dog’s jumping habits. Start by teaching your pup a specific command like “Off” or “Down” that indicates they should keep all four paws on the ground. Be patient and use positive reinforcement, rewarding them with treats, praise, and affection when they follow your command. With time and practice, they’ll learn that jumping is not the way to say hello.
Teach an Alternative Greeting Behavior
Dogs jump to get closer to our faces, seeking attention and affection. Instead of jumping, teach them an alternative behavior that’s equally rewarding. Train your pup to sit or offer a high-five when they want to greet someone. Reward this desired behavior promptly, making it more appealing than jumping. This way, they’ll learn that good manners get them the attention they crave.
Leash Training for Polite Greetings
If your dog has a hard time controlling their jumping impulses, leash training can be a game-changer. Before guests arrive, have your pup on a leash and keep them close to you. As someone approaches, ask your pup to sit and hold their attention with treats or toys. If they remain calm and seated, allow them to approach for a polite greeting. The leash provides control and prevents any accidental jumps.
Enlist the Help of Family and Friends
Consistency is vital, so enlist the support of family and friends to help in your dog’s training. Instruct them to follow the same rules of ignoring and rewarding calm behavior. Encourage them to give attention and praise only when your pup has all four paws firmly on the ground. With everyone on board, your furry friend will learn that consistent rules apply no matter who they’re greeting.
BONUS TIP: Ignore the Jumping & Greet the Calm with the ‘Stand Like A Tree’ Method:
When your pup jumps up to greet you or others, using our ‘Stand like a tree’ method below. By ignoring them you communicate that they won’t receive any attention until they calm down and have all paws on the floor. Once they settle, praise and reward them for their calm behavior. Consistency is key here!
Stay calm and stand like a tree against your jumping dog
- Stop – Plant yourself
- Feet shoulder width apart
- Fold your branches (arms) across your trunk (chest)
- Keep your hands tucked under your arms
- Look at the sky (up and away from the dog)
- Hold still
- Wait for the dog to stop jumping
Watch this technique in action here.
This position usually indicates to the dog that you do not wish to engage, and the dog will move away. Once they do, be sure to reward them with a treat or their favourite toy for their efforts.
By following our simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to taming your dog’s jumping habits and transforming them into a polite and well-mannered pup. Remember, training takes time and patience, so be sure to celebrate every small success along the way.
At Pawz & Me, we’re here to support you every step of the way in your dog’s training. For more info on our specialized dog training services, click here. Together, let’s jumpstart your dog’s journey to polite greetings and wagging tails!