Oh sure, it’s irresistible at first. Your new puppy wants to jump on your lap, who can say no? Everything a new puppy does is adorable.
But just like potty training a puppy
it is better the earlier you start. It will save you a lot of headaches in the future for a lot of different reasons.
How to Teach a Puppy Not to Jump in a Gentle and Humane Way
Here at Good Doggies Online, we don’t like to rain on your parade. Puppies are supposed to be fun and you only have a short time to enjoy them before they grow up. The trick is to have fun and avoid the stress in the future.
It is natural for puppies to jump up when they are little. They do it because they want attention.
For puppies in the wild, attention is a matter of survival. A puppies instinct is to lick his mother’s face to encourage her to feed her little one. As with any puppy behavior, the more you encourage it, the more the behavior will be reinforced.
That is why it is important to start from a very early age training your puppy not to jump
up. Although it is cute and adorable when your puppy is little, it can cause problems in the future. Once your dog grows into a larger dog, it turns into a more dominant display of demanding your attention.
How to Stop A Puppy From Jumping Up
You can stop your puppy jumping up by following these 5 steps:
- If your puppy is jumping up, simply turn and walk away.
- Ignore your puppy, no eye contact, no speaking and no touching.
- Continue to ignore and then after your puppy has calmed down, wait for 5 minutes.
- Call your puppy to you.
- If your puppy does not stop then isolate your puppy by either leaving the room or by putting the puppy in another room for a short time.
The idea behind this is that your puppy is ultimately seeking attention. If you are not giving him that attention, you are not reinforcing the behavior. If you give him attention when he jumps up, he is learning to connect the two behaviors. It’s not very complicated, it just takes a little discipline to stick to it.
Stop Puppies Jumping on Visitors
Puppies love visitors and they can get very excited. The first thing you can do to curb the jumping is to hold your puppy by his collar or on a leash until he relaxes.
In the meantime, you can ask your visitor to follow the steps listed above. Once your puppy is relaxed, try letting him go and see how he reacts to the visitor.
If your puppy decides to mouth you then you should immediately isolate them in another room or a crate.
Puppy jumping when you are getting ready for a walk
Puppies usually go bonkers when they know it’s time to go outside for a walk. With the excitement, your puppy will want to jump up on you. Follow these steps to curb the issue:
1. Put the leash down and wait for 5 to 10 minutes.
2. Try to pick up the leash again. If your puppy jumps up again, put down the leash and wait again.
3. Don’t scold the puppy and don’t yell at your puppy to calm down. This will accomplish nothing.
Although this may be a little frustrating the first few times, it’s important to follow through. Your walk might be delayed, but you’ll be making a long lasting good habit for your puppy that will repay you several times over.
Important Puppy Training Tips to Remember
Try to keep these puppy training tips in mind as you teach your new puppy:
1. Dogs don’t think and act like people. Duh, right? Maybe not. Don’t put human emotions onto dog behavior. When your puppy jumps up, he is not saying he loves you. Don’t feel bad for ignoring your puppy when he jumps up. You will not break his heart or scar him for life. You will teach him better behavior.
2. Space is very important to a dog and if she can invade yours whenever she wants then she will lose respect for you. That’s what eventually happens if you let your dog constantly jump up in your space.
3. Silence is golden. It is really important not to speak – to stay calm and not say a word when your puppy jumps up. Remember your puppy is an attention-seeking machine! When your puppy is calm then you can call her and pick her up for a cuddle. When you are ignoring your puppy keep your arms folded and walk past the puppy confidently and assertively.
While you are following these tips, make sure not to fall into the two most common mistakes: Inconsistency and eye contact. Inconsistency happens when everyone in the house is not on the same page. It can also happen whenever you give your puppy attention after jumping up.
Eye contact is another form of attention. This invites your puppy over, so do not make eye contact when you are ignoring your puppy.
Don’t think that training your puppy not to jump up will make him less fun. You will quickly learn that a well-trained puppy is a joy to be around.
You can also get a free PDF download of dog training tips here. They are both great places to start. Now go out and enjoy your puppy!