Does this sound familiar? The doorbell rings, your dog barks, you open the door to let your friend inside and your dog proceeds to greet your friend by jumping up on them?
How embarrassing! You are yelling at your dog to stop jumping when you should be providing a warm welcome to your friend. Your friend loves dogs, but nobody likes to be jumped on or even worse knocked over by a big dog.
An out-of-control jumping dog can really become very dangerous. He can knock over a child or elderly person hurting them.
For me, I dreaded every time the postman or UPS guy would ring the doorbell. Both my dogs would go nuts barking jumping at the window, and when I tried to open the door they both would try and push their way through. I think the postman probably dreaded ringing my bell just as much as I did!
One day, I decided that was enough! It was so stressful just to receive a package. So I started teaching my dogs the place command. As soon as the doorbell rings, I tell them PLACE, and they must go to their dog beds until I release them. Wow, what a difference it has made. Not only does this work for the postman, but when my kids have friends come over or when family visits.
Do not give your dog attention when he is super excited, jumping or barking. Do not pet him or tell him it’s okay.
Your dog is jumping to get your or your friends attention, and if you give him any attention at all, he will assume jumping = attention.
When you come home or you have guests come into your house, ignore your dog until he calms down. Do not talk, look or pet your dog until he is calm and not jumping.
The place command is valuable in so many ways, I personally use this with our dogs anytime someone rings the doorbell. The place command is simply teaching your dog to go to a particular spot (a mat, dog bed, carpet) on command. Your dog should stay in his place until he is released by you. Do not release him from his place until he is completely calm.
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If you’ve tried ignoring your dogs jumping and it’s not working for you. And you don’t want to teach your dog the place command, then you need to correct your dog for jumping. This is a quick correction using a prong collar. Many people may be afraid of the prong collar, but it is an awesome training tool. Please read more about the good, bad and the ugly about the prong collar.
I’ve pulled 2 videos from an awesome balanced dog trainer, SolidK9Training, explaining and showing the proper technique.
Ask yourself, is it better to give up on your dog and surrender him to a shelter and he eventually is euthanized? Or give your dog a super quick correction and continue to live a long happy life with you?
It is important to start teaching your dog not to jump even if he is still a puppy. It may be cute when a little puppy jumps to get your attention, but that puppy will grow up quickly. Soon you will have an adult dog, big or small, jumping on you.
By teaching your puppy not to jump using the theory of jumping equals no attention, you will avoid having to correct his behavior as an adult.
I’d love to hear how you have been able to stop your dog from jumping. Comment below and share with the Rescue Dogs 101 Community.
Debi McKee is a life-long dog lover and owner, volunteers for Fetch WI, fostering rescue dogs, performing home visits and more. She also attends every dog training seminar available to her, and is continually looking for ways to build her knowledge of dog adoption, health and training. Her goal is to guide you through every step of your dog journey. Read her story and learn about the dogs behind Rescue Dogs 101. If you have a question, please feel free to send Debi a message here.