An Easy Way to Stop Dogs From Jumping Up on People at the Door

By: David Codr

Published Date: January 30, 2023

Fefe - An Easy Way to Stop Dogs From Jumping Up on People at the Door

For this West LA dog training session we shared tips to stop dogs from jumping up on people to help 5 year-old French Bulldog Fefe.

We began the session by going over a number of dog behavior fundamentals; how to load and use marker words, hand targeting, the importance of celebrating desired behaviors, how to teach a dog good manners, how to read dog consent and cut off signals, creative exercise tips like feeding out of a snuffle matt, scent gamnes like cookie in the corner and some loose leash walking tips.

I always go over these fundamentals in my sessions. As one of LA’s dog behavior experts, I have found that making sure the dog and his or her guardians are on the same page is a crucial and often overlooked part of dog behavior modification. In fact, I think these dog behavior tips are a big part of why my clients see so much success so quickly.

How to Stop Dogs From Jumping Up on People

Excitement and over stimulation are a very common factor when you have a dog jumnping problem. Many people dont realize that they are training their dog to get over excited when they come home and talk to thier dog in a high pitched excited voice. Excitement can lead to jumping, especially when the humans reach down and pet the dog when its jumping up. We mean to say “hi buddy, I missed you,” but what the dog learns is “when I jump up on my humans, they pet me. They must really like my jumping.”

The secret to stopping dogs from jumping up on people is to make sure they arent over excited (no excited talk), make sure they have been properly exercised and to teach them the behavior you want them to offer. I have found that practicing a simple guess which hand game at the door when the dog is not excited is an easy way to stop dog jumping.

If you have a dog who loves to jump up on guests at the door, you should definately check out the free positive dog training video below.

By practicing this simple exercise at the door when the dog isn’t excited, we can help the dog learn a new, more desired behavior to offer. This is a much more effective way to curb dog jumping than getting upset, using your knee or turning away from the dog. When people come to your door, your dog wants to greet and interact with them. By training the dog to sit and play the guess which hand game, and practicing it in gradaully increasing leveles of distractions and excitement, we can stop the jumping dog behavior and come homw to a pup who is sitting and nudging our hands instead.

I recommended the guardians and all their regular guests practice this exercise, both when they are just hanging at home as well as when they return from being out amnd about. It will take time and practice, but Fefe showed she is one smart cookie. It will be up to her guardians to practice often to change this jumping behavior.

To help the guardians remember everything we discussed in this in home West LA dog training session, we filmed a roadmap to success summary video that you can check out below.

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This post was written by: David Codr