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How to Train Your Dog to Stop Jumping Up on People

on May 12, 2023

Dogs are naturally loving, social creatures and generally enjoy attention and affection from people and their owners. However, when your dog seeks this affection by jumping up on people, it can be a nuisance and even a safety concern. Jumping can lead to scratches and bruises and can even knock people over. Fortunately, with the proper training, you can teach your dog to stop jumping up on people. Read on for our top tips to help you train your dog to stop jumping.



  1. Start with Basic Obedience Training

Before you can teach your dog not to jump up on people, ensure they have mastered basic obedience training. Commands such as "sit," "stay," and "come" are essential in teaching your dog to listen and obey you. Obedience training also helps your dog learn how to behave appropriately and follow commands, building up trust and communication skills between you.



  1. Ignore the Jumping Behavior

Dogs jump up on people to seek attention and affection. When your dog jumps up on you or someone else, turn your back and ignore them. Do not give your dog any attention or affection until they stop jumping. Instruct any other members of the household or guests to do the same, if possible. When your dog does calm down and stops jumping, always give them positive attention, such as petting or a treat, reinforcing the positive behavior.



  1. Use Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is an effective training technique for dogs. When your dog exhibits good behavior, like greeting you calmly, reward them with praise, treats, or toys. Use positive reinforcement to teach your dog to sit or lie down instead of jumping up on people. For example, when someone enters your home, give your dog the “sit” command and reward them with a treat when they obey. Eventually, your dog will learn that sitting or lying down is the appropriate behavior when greeting people.



  1. Train Consistently

Consistency is crucial when training your dog not to jump up on people. All family members and visitors should use the same techniques to discourage jumping. Make sure everyone knows the training plan and what to do when your dog jumps up on them. With consistent training, your dog will learn that jumping up is unacceptable behavior and never results in positive reinforcement.



  1. Use a Leash or Harness

If your dog tends to jump up on people, try using a leash or harness to control them when greeting visitors. Oftentimes, this can help you manage your dog and keep them calm, avoiding potentially harmful accidental jumping. Use the same training techniques with the leash or harness as you would without one, including positive reinforcement and alternate commands upon introduction (e.g., “sit”). Eventually, your dog will learn to greet people calmly and appropriately.



  1. Seek Professional Help

If your dog's jumping behavior is severe, it's essential to seek professional help from a qualified dog trainer or behaviorist. A professional can assess your dog’s behavior and develop a customized training plan to address their jumping. They can also provide support and guidance to help you implement consistent strategies to manage your dog's behavior and prevent future jumping.  


Training your dog to stop jumping up on people requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement training. Remember to start with basic obedience training and ignore the jumping behavior. And don’t be afraid to seek professional help if needed. (Check out these bonus tips to stop your dog from jumping, and other unwanted behaviors, here!) 

Jumping is a common behavior seen in almost every dog. Still, with the proper training and support, you can teach your dog to greet people calmly and appropriately, leaving you to enjoy a happy, healthy relationship with your furry friend.

Jump for joy! Don’t forget to check out K9 & Company for your furry friend’s needs as they navigate their day-to-day with you. 


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