How To Make Your Dog Stop Jumping on People

One of the first things your dog will do, especially if itís a puppy, is jump up on you and on everyone who gives it attention.

The animal is only trying to get close and establish eye contact, but itís best to discourage this behavior. You donít want it jumping up when it has muddy feet, for instance, but you canít expect the animal to understand whatís wrong with muddy feet. A big dog jumping up on an elderly or frail person, or a child, even in the friendliest way imaginable, can hurt. So youíll want to teach your pet to keep all four feet on the ground when interacting with you or other people.

Here are the recommended ways to teach a dog not to jump up:

1. Step lightly on its hind toes.

2. Bump it gently in the chest with your knee.

3. Grasp its front paws and push it backward so it is off balance.

Any of these should be accompanied by the command, ďNo!Ē Then, after the dog gets down, walk away and ignore it for a few minutes.

After a moment, when youíre sure your pet has got the message and has stayed down, pat and praise it. Remember, be consistent. Donít confuse the dog by letting it jump up just this once, and then pushing it down and saying, ďNo!Ē the next time. And donít give up.

Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Patricia Curtis. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002).


New G.
W. C4 years ago

Thank you.

Leila Bee
Leila Bee4 years ago

Personally, I find turning around to be very effective. Offer them your back, cut off the social interaction, and ignore them until they calm down.

susan k.
susan k4 years ago

Thanks I am working on this with my puppy.Also thanks for renforcing what we are doing is the right approach .

Marianne B.
Marianne B4 years ago

I've never had a puppy that did this, but I have neighbors whose dogs get so excited and do this. I wouldn't dream of stepping on toes, or pushing them back. I just backup. their owners get the message. Some breeds are just hyper.

Kevin Cline
Past Member 5 years ago

Thank you

NorthernLady California

Step on their toes! REALLY !!!! I am a firm believer in Victoria Stillwell's dog training as not to repeat, see Dale B.'s post. It does require patience and tons of exercise to keep them calm... if you can't provide that, then you have probably chosen the wrong breed of dog or maybe you shouldn't have one at all.
@ Rod S...from dogs I have seen, shock collars only teach them about pain and makes them nervous and afraid.

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez5 years ago


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Norelco Sale5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Alysia S.
Alysia S5 years ago

That is great a lot of people I know get very frustrated with their dogs for doing this I will be sharing!

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago