Please Train Your Dog Not To Jump On People

This weeks lesson with my roommate’s dog has been a bit tough following a statement that was made by one of my other roommates. Yes, it is the BIG dreaded question that most, if not all pet owners are asked sooner or later in their pet’s life-time. Have you already guessed what it is?

Can you please train your dog not to jump on people!?

Are you a pet owner that can relate to awkward times of embarrassment due to your dog’s actions? Your pet did not intentionally plan to cause any harm, but jumping on your neighbors arm while she is carrying a fresh peach cobbler, is not usually a good thing. I am speaking from experience. I must share with other pet owners a few helpful tips that have made life a little less embarrassing when it comes to my little fuzzy buddy.

Physical and mental exercise appears to be the most common reasoning for jumping and other actions such as communication. A prime example would be situations in which pets physically appear to be much older and wiser than their actual age. The reality is that they are the age that they are and some still have a long way to go as far as learning.

Our precious ones depend on us for just about everything that gives their life meaning and purpose. And for many humans, these special creatures return the same to them. Can this loving and tender communication contribute to teaching dogs not to jump on people? Let’s explore a bit of information that may help make the journey a bit smoother:

In today’s research I have found that it can be a little tough, but it is very doable:

Our pets are not stupid. They understand a great deal more than we as humans give them credit for. The relationship between pet and owner is very much like marriage except for the obvious differences. Sticking to the basic and universal rule of doing unto your pet as you would have your pet do unto you, will carry much weight.

A couple of keys are very important to clearly understand during training:

During the process of teaching the animal not to jump, there are other behaviors that must be addressed also. The reason why, is that those behaviors are very important to being able to control the animal. Teaching the pet to sit and stay is more important than many people imagine. There are so many lessons that are made much easier for both dog and owner by simply training the pet to fully obey the heel, sit and stay commands.

Another very helpful command to teach pets, especially puppies and long-term energetic dogs, is the most important personal command for responding to your call to come near. So many younger and less seasoned pets tend to run off and not much care about many of the commands of their owner. Until this is under control, full obedience may not be accomplished because the animal may still be in the stage of trying to exert dominance.

To stop a dog from jumping requires your clear understanding of how the dog is as an individual. The dog’s character can definitely have an impact on how to teach it to obey your orders and respond as you desire. For example: if you know of a sound or visual action that will get the pet’s attention during the command, it may be a good idea to incorporate both the verbal and visual action at the same time.

With the right approach, the training will work out just fine.