How to Stop My 🐕 Dog From Jumping On Me

To get my hyper puppy 🐕or dog to stop jumping on me, I would ignore the dog’s jumping and rewarding calm behavior. Of course, that’s more difficult than it sounds!

Dogs jump on us because it’s a natural way to get our attention. It works! Most people pet, talk to or kneel down and acknowledge a dog that jumps. But when a dog jumps on someone, it can be dangerous. It’s also rude and annoying.

Even dog lovers may not appreciate muddy paws, hair and drool all over their clothes. And even a small dog’s little nails can scratch a person.

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I’m using “dog” and “puppy” interchangeably in this post because the same basic idea applies to stop either a dog or a puppy from jumping.

How to stop my dog 🐶 from jumping on me

The following are my tips to stop my dog from jumping on me, but as with all my training posts, feel free to share your own tips. What works for one dog/owner pair will not necessarily work for all dogs.

My dog Remy jumps on me a couple of times per day during his “wild” spells. He leaps up and bites, bounces off of me, then tears around the room. He grabs a toy, growls and play bows, then charges and jumps again. It’s embarrassing to admit and really bad behavior!

I know this is related to Remy’s energy and excitement. His jumping only lasts about 30 seconds, and he is just playing. But it’s also way too rough and I clearly have not gotten control of the behavior.

Usually, when you have a behavioral problem with your dog, the solution is very simple. Not easy, but simple.

Ignore your dog to stop him from jumping

The best thing to do is not give the dog or puppy any attention for jumping.

How to ignore a jumping dog or puppy:

  • Show no emotion
  • Don’t look at your dog
  • Don’t talk to your dog or laugh at your dog (don’t even smile)
  • Do not touch your dog or interact in any way
  • You basically give a cold shoulder!
  • Focus on something else, even if you’re pretending (Dogs use this tactic with each other!)

What you need to do is basically become like a zombie – no emotion. You’re not angry or excited or stressed. Stare at your phone or the TV or focus on someone else.

I might calmly leave the room or go to my desk and focus on my phone or something else. I will truly ignore my dog for about five minutes no matter what he does. (He will probably try to get my attention by doing something else naughty like chewing the rug.)

It’s hard! But stay relaxed and calm and act as if the dog is not there.

This means no laughing at his cuteness. No scolding. Don’t even look at him. Just calmly walk right into him if he’s jumping as you go about your business. Pretend to be really interested in the dishes or going through the mail or whatever.

And yes, sometimes turning your back on him works as long as you do so in a calm way.

How older dogs ignore younger dogs

Older dogs will ignore puppies when they don’t want to play with a young, jumpy pup. They will often pretend to focus on a “smell” in the grass. Pretty soon the pup is also interested in sniffing the grass or he gets bored and finds something better to do.

Act like a “tree” to stop my dog from jumping on me

The most popular advice right now is to “be a tree” and ignore the jumping and reward the puppy when all four paws are on the ground.

This is good advice, as long as you go about it the right way.

Have you ever seen an owner (or even a trainer!) keep spinning in an attempt to turn her back on the dog? It usually becomes a fun game for the dog! The dog ends up getting even more excited and jumpy and the person ends up laughing and moving around faster and faster.

So, don’t play the “spinning dance” with your dog. When you first start ignoring your dog, he’s probably going to jump on you more. You’ll have to take a few punches and scratches. Show no response.

Jumping on you has worked to get attention in the past, so your dog is going to try it and he’s going to keep trying. If you give in and scold him or try to push him away, he’s going to learn he just has to jump on you several times to get your attention.

So be strong! Do not give in to the crazy mutt! Haha.

If you ignore your dog for jumping (truly ignore), eventually the behavior will decrease.

How to stop my dog from jumping on me

Give attention when the puppy is calm

This is great advice, as long as you don’t get the dog all riled up again when you give him attention. Try to keep the reward calm with a simple “gooood boooy” or tossing a treat.

Be calm yourself. Make sure you’re not unintentionally encouraging the jumping through your behavior and body language.

Don’t laugh at your dog or talk to him when he jumps. Don’t pet him or touch him. And, don’t get him excited again with your praise. Keep a calm, slow voice and pet him slowly.

Carry treats to reward calm behavior.

Treats help too as long as your dog doesn’t go nuts over food! A clicker is also a good option for marking the good behavior here.

I’m pretty good at predicting when Remy is going to charge and jump. He often does this when I’m walking across the living room and he does it during the times of day when he’s most excited like before a meal or before a walk.

Instead of ignoring the jumping, I can toss some kibble on the ground to prevent the jumping before it happens. I’m not going to look at him or engage with him when I drop the food. I’m just going to casually drop a few pieces as I walk by, pretending I didn’t even know they dropped. Hopefully, this will help remove the jumping habit.

Our past foster dog, Lana

I might occasionally give a piece of food to my dog Remy when I see he has chosen to remain lying down or sitting rather than jumping.

I don’t want to do too much of this because food tends to get him excited. But an occasional piece of dry dog food for staying calm should help reinforce sitting or standing vs. jumping.

Hand him a chew toy or bully stick. This can work well when people visit. Some dogs will take the bully stick and retreat to their bed for some chew time. Of course, some dogs will just get more riled up and run around with their “prize” so you have to know your dog.

What if ignoring the dog just isn’t working?

I love the ignoring approach, but in the real world some dogs are still going to jump when they get excited regardless of how much they are rewarded for the right behavior.

If that is the case for your dog, here are some additional tips to try to stop your puppy from jumping:

1. Have a plan – decide on your rules.

The first strop to stop your dog’s jumping is to decide on your own rules and be consistent. If you don’t know what is “allowed,” how is your dog supposed to know? All family members and roommates should be on board with the same rules.

For example, I don’t mind if my dogs run up and greet me at the door and show excitement. I like that. However, I do expect them to settle down shortly afterwards, and I do not allow any barking or jumping. Your rules might be a little different.

We discussed this in my post on how to keep a dog calm around visitors. It’s not enough to want your dog to stop jumping. You have to decide what you want him to do instead. Lie on a bed? Sit next to you? Calmly greet people without jumping?

Then figure out how to make this happen, and practice it. Dogs need lots and lots of repetitions in order for a concept to stick, especially with something as challenging as not jumping on visitors.

2. Keep the dog on a leash.

I will step on the leash if necessary to stop a dog from jumping. I know some of you will think this is too harsh, but it works. The dog will think twice about jumping if he is corrected in this way multiple times.

If you’re uncomfortable stepping on the leash, you can at least hold the leash so he’s under control. His usual training collar will also help, no matter what type of tool you normally use. My dog is much calmer when he wears his Gentle Leader, for example.

Another good option is to use a short leash or “leash tab.” This is a short leash 10″ or so. It’s helpful because if your dog wears it, it won’t drag around as long as a normal leash, catching on things.

Mighty Paw leash tab or short leash

Then, when people are at the door, you can easily reach down and hold the leash tab to control your dog.

3. Instruct guests to ignore your puppy.

I’ve found that people don’t really ignore my dog when I ask them to unless I give very specific instructions such as “do not look at him or acknowledge him at all. 

If he whines, don’t look at him or talk about him. If he comes up to you, just keep on walking like he’s not there.”

4. Practice LOTS of obedience training with your dog.

I know, this is so obvious you’d think more of us would do it. It’s just so unfair to expect a dog not to jump on Grandma if the dog has been allowed to jump on everyone else. 

It’s also unfair to expect him to contain his excitement if he hasn’t been walked in a week. We should all be practicing basic obedience with our dogs every day and then slowly looking for more challenges.

You can also give your dog puzzle toys to drain mental energy such as a Kong with frozen peanut butter.

And of course, don’t hesitate to hire a trainer. It’s worth the money if it decreases your stress!

5. Increase your dog’s exercise

60 to 90 minutes of physical exercise every single day! When I take my dog Remy running consistently, he does not jump on me. If we miss a day, he jumps because he has extra energy. Drain their energy in other ways and they’ll have an easier time remaining calm.

Increasing your dog’s exercise won’t magically fix your problems but the less pent-up energy your dog has, the better. Try longer walks with a dog backpack.

Try running with your dog and giving him plenty of off-leash time to burn up energy.

See our post: Exercise ideas for dogs.

Correcting your 🐕 puppy from jumping

Now we’ll get into a few ways of “correcting” your dog or puppy from jumping.

Correcting a dog from jumping could mean several things such as:

  • Telling the dog no
  • Squirting the dog or puppy with water
  • Physically blocking the dog or kneeing the dog
  • Using a training tool such as an e-collar

I’m not saying you should or shouldn’t correct your dog. Every situation is a little different.

Stop my dog from jumping on me

1. Use a firm “NO!” to stop my dog from jumping on me

I know some trainers will tell you never to tell a dog or puppy “no.” We’ve gone too far with the “positive only” idea.

Telling a dog “no” is a good way to get your point across, for some dogs. For others, it’s just a great way to get your attention. They could care less if you tell them “no.” So it depends on the dog and the assertiveness and consistency of your voice.

A squirt bottle of water. This is another option that works for some dogs. Others (like mine) think this is a fun game. You can get a cheap water bottle for $1 just about anywhere. You would give a quick squirt to interrupt the jumping. Then praise.

2. What about kneeing the dog in the chest?

Oh the horror! Call PETA!

I’m not saying you should forcefully jam your knee into the dog’s chest to cause pain. Instead, calmly raise your knee to block the dog as you move forward. It tells the dog, “Respect my space.”

Then pet the dog when he’s calm.

I do not recommend forcefully kneeing a dog in the chest. This could hurt the dog.

That being said, if you see a large dog charging you, I’d rather you use your knee or foot in self defense than to lean backward or back away. Backing away is a good way to encourage the dog to jump on you, possibly knocking you over. It’s a good way to get hurt.

Instead, I recommend you stay calm, hold your ground and move forward with your knee out.

It is also effective to yell “No!” while you stand up straight, point at the dog and move into “his” space. Usually this at least stops the dog in his tracks for a second, which is enough to stop him from crashing into you at full speed.

He may still jump on you, but at least he’s not going 90 mph.

If you are the owner of a dog that jumps, please don’t put people in a position where they feel like they have to either pet your dog or push him away. Keep him leashed while he’s still learning so he can’t hurt or annoy anyone.

See my post: The time I kicked an aggressive dog

3. Use a pet corrector, a Doggie Don’t Device or an e-collar.

Sometimes the best thing is to use a tool to stop a dog’s jumping for a split second so you can reward your dog for sitting or standing.

For example, the Pet Corrector blasts air at the dog and the Doggie Don’t Device makes a loud, static noise. You could also try an e-collar with a remote. When all four paws are on the ground, he gets praise.

Now for those interested, I’ll get into some details on how to use the product called the Doggie Don’t Device.

Stop my dog from jumping on me using the Doggie Don’t Device

To stop a dog from jumping, ignoring them is a great idea. The problem is, a lot of dogs don’t have the self-control not to jump when they’re excited, and people are not always consistent with which behaviors they reward!

That’s why for certain “bad” behaviors, it’s helpful if you can interrupt your dog just for a second—long enough to stop the “bad” behavior—and then praise.

A device that can help with this is the Doggie Don’t Device, a handheld dog training product that makes a loud, static sound at the push of a button.

What is the Doggie Don’t?

The Doggie Don’t is a training tool that makes an unpleasant sound when you push a button. It is audible to dogs and people (it sounds like loud static, almost like a “stun gun”) and is designed to interrupt your dog’s bad behavior.

Ideally, the sound will cause your dog to stop the unwanted behavior for a second, allowing you to praise her. It is not designed as a punishment.

Have you ever pretended to knock at the door (or rang the doorbell) in order to get your dog’s attention? I have done this to get my dog to drop something in his mouth. It worked because it shifted his attention elsewhere momentarily. That’s what the Doggie Don’t Device can do.

How to use the Doggie Don’t

First, give your dog a chance to respond to your command such as “off” or “sit.” Praise your dog if she listens.

If she doesn’t follow your command, use the Doggie Don’t one time to interrupt the behavior. Then, praise her for being quiet or for keeping her paws on the ground or whatever you’re working on.

Examples of when the Doggie Don’t can be helpful

1. To stop your dog from jumping or pawing at you

This is probably the most common problem I hear about! The Doggie Don’t can help stop a dog’s jumping, but it works best if you use it sparingly and as an interrupter vs. a punishment. It’s all about the timing.

For example, when you walk in the door and you know your dog is likely to jump on you, you would ignore your dog and give the “off” or “sit” command.

If he tries to jump, you would push the Doggie Don’t Device button once and repeat “off.” Then praise your dog for not jumping.

See our post: Teach your puppy the word “off”

2. Stop a dog’s counter surfing

Stealing food off the counters is one of those behaviors that will not go away if you ignore your dog. Every time your dog manages to grab food off the counters, she is self-rewarded!

If you have a counter-surfing dog, I recommend you teach her a command like “out” to mean “stay out of the kitchen” or to stay a certain distance from the counter. Then, use the Doggie Don’t if your dog does not move “out.”

3. Stop a dog from barking

I would use the Doggie Don’t for dogs that tend to constantly “alert” you to every little noise or dogs that are obsessed with barking at other dogs, rabbits, etc.

Just be sure you understand your dog’s “triggers” and why she is barking.

For example, if she is barking out of fear, I would find a way to decrease her fear rather than use the Doggie Don’t. But if your dog is barking because she wants to attack every single squirrel, the Doggie Don’t can be a good training option.

See our post: how to stop a dog’s barking

4. Getting your dog to drop items on walks.

Some people have used the Doggie Don’t to prevent their dogs from picking up disgusting or dangerous items during walks.

For example, my puppy tries to eat rocks, garbage, mulch, etc. The Doggie Don’t can be used to distract your dog and prevent him from picking up these items. It can also work to get your dog to “drop it” if he already has something in his mouth.

What NOT to do when using the Doggie Don’t Device

I’ve had a chance to use the Doggie Don’t with my dog, and I have some recommendations on what NOT to do.

1. Don’t use it too frequently.

Dogs tend to tune us out if we’re constantly “nagging” at them with our voice and it’s no different with a sound from the Doggie Don’t. Use it very sparingly and with clear intention. If you have to use it over and over or more than once within a few minutes, re-consider your timing or perhaps it’s just not the best device for that particular issue.

2. Don’t think of it as a punishment.

Think of it as an interrupter.

3. Don’t use this on overly fearful dogs.

You wouldn’t want to use this on dogs that are often afraid, sensitive or dogs that tend to react with aggression.  On the other hand, overly confident, determined dogs might act like they don’t even hear it!

4. Don’t work on multiple behaviors at once.

Choose one problem behavior to work on with the Doggie Don’t. Otherwise, you’ll be overusing it and your dog will tune out the sound, think you’re crazy or become desensitized to it.

If you’ve used a Doggie Don’t Device, let me know in the comments.

How to stop your dog from jumping on the furniture

There’s nothing wrong with allowing your dog to jump up on the furniture such as the couch, a chair or your bed … as long as YOU decide this is OK. The dog does not get to decide!

If you do not want to allow your dog on the furniture, then it’s best NEVER to let your dog on the furniture, starting from when they are puppies. If your dog is already used to being on the couch or your bed, then it’s not too late to train him.

Simply be consistent!

Use a word like “off” and remove your dog from the couch or bed. Reward your dog for sitting on the ground or on a dog bed. If your dog jumps onto the bed again, simply say, “No, off” and remove him.

You might have to do this five or six times with stubborn dogs. If your dog just keeps on trying, then block access to that room or put him on a leash.

Block your dog from the furniture when home alone.

When you are at work or when you can’t supervise your dog, I recommend you block your dog’s access to the furniture that is off limits.

This might mean you have to use a kennel/crate for your dog. Or, it might mean you need to keep your dog on a leash and near you when you’re working from home. Or even use a dog daycare temporarily. 

If a dog is blocked from the furniture for long enough, they typically change their habits. Remember to reward your dog for lying on the floor or on their comfy dog bed.

See our posts:

Stop my dog from growling at me on the bed

Teach your dog to go to his bed

Now, last thing for this article … I want to address a similar issue that is not jumping but related … should you let your dog or puppy sit on your lap?

And now I want to cover a similar topic related to a dog or puppy seeking attention, letting a puppy sit on your lap.

Should you let your puppy sit on you?

I am curious to get your answers.

When my weimaraner Remy was a little puppy, he would jump and paw and grab at people (oh wait, he still does that). Obviously this is not a behavior I want to encourage, and I don’t.

But another thing Remy did as a puppy was try to crawl into my lap if I was sitting on the floor next to him. He was even more likely to do this if he was holding a rawhide or bully stick.

It’s cute that my puppy wanted to sit in my lap (awww), but it’s also a behavior I didn’t want to encourage.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t let your puppy or dog sit on you. I just don’t want my dogs sitting on people.

Why does my puppy sit on me?

Here are some reasons why puppies or dogs might sit on their owners. I’m listing these in the order I think is most common:

  • Affection. This is probably the #1 reason!
  • Seeking attention.
  • Security.
  • Hogging attention from other pets or from whatever else the person is doing.
  • Blocking or “guarding” another dog from the person. Not necessarily in an aggressive way but just by being there.
  • Feeling more powerful (think of the little dog sitting on her owner and snapping at everyone).
  • Keeping another dog from getting a bone or toy.
  • More serious possessiveness/resource guarding.

Note that most of these are all related to “dominance” in some small way but not it’s not so simple as “My dog is trying to Dominate Me!”

Also see my post: Why do dogs lean on you?

Why I didn’t let my puppy sit on me

My puppy is now a big 63-pound dog. That’s basically why I didn’t let him sit on me very often as a puppy. I knew he would GROW!

When he used to try sitting on me, I think it was mostly for security, but also for demanding attention and preventing my other dog from taking his toy or bone (even though no one was actually trying to take it).

I liked when Remy wanted to sit on my lap, but I knew it was not a good behavior to encourage from my particular puppy. Each dog is different.

Remy’s personality was very sweet and friendly, but he also tested the limits with me to see what he ccould get away with.

At four months old, he already used his body to barge in and get what he wanted. Part of that was and still is immaturity, but I also know Remy has a bit of a “pushy” attitude. At least more so than my older dog Ace.

So, I set limits with Remy.

I should be able to sit on the floor next to him without him climbing on me.

Bottom line is the human gets to decide who invades her space and when. The puppy or dog does not get to decide (and either do any other pets, for that matter).

So I tell my dogs to lie down and stay (right next to me is fine), and they get praise for that.

When Remy tries to grab my arms, put his paws on me or climb on me, I block him by putting my knees up or my elbows out or I just stand up and leave.

By the way, I’m not perfect. It’s hard to be consistent.

Teach your puppy the word OFF

We are using the word OFF with Remy which means DO NOT TOUCH ME. So we use it when he’s jumping or when he’s pawing at us or when he’s trying to nudge us or climb on us.

Yes, he’s pushy. He’s constantly invading my bubble, and it’s rude. Mostly, I just want him to learn some self-control so he can eventually leave guests alone.

Of course, jumping and pawing is normal puppy behavior, but it’s our biggest challenge still.

See my post: Stop my puppy from jumping for attention.

Why does my puppy sit on me when he has a bone?

Remy used to try to sit on my lap when he had a bully stick or bone. Now, at 3 years old, he still likes to lean on me when he has a bone. (See my post: Why does my dog want me to hold his bone?)

I’d like to hear your thoughts on this behavior.

Is it for security? Is it too pushy/demanding? Maybe to keep the item away from other pets?

I think yes to all of the above.

I think it’s a fairly harmless behavior but one to be aware of and set some limits depending on your unique dog. Again, the human gets to decide if she wants to hold the bone or not. The puppy does not get to decide!

I’m glad Remy seeks me out for security and that he’s cool with me holding his bone. It’s a nice way to bond with him. But, I don’t like how he barges up to me and shoves his rawhide in my hand. Um, excuse me!

OK, I’d like to hear your take on all of this.

Does your dog jump on people? What did you do to stop the jumping?

Jumping is a serious problem with some dogs, especially if the dog is also nipping at people. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a trainer if you need some help to keep everyone safe.

(Note that it’s normal for all puppies to jump and nip. Don’t be overly concerned if your puppy is doing this.)

Related posts:

Stop my small dog from guarding me.

How to stop a puppy from biting

Stop dog from jumping on guests (Puppy in Training blog)

How to get your hyper dog to relax

Help! My dog is out of control!

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40 thoughts on “How to Stop My 🐕 Dog From Jumping On Me”

  1. What worked on my rambunctious puppy? Time and consistency, verbal reminders, and a few well placed corrections. She still gets so excited and will try to get to “higher ground” (the couch) if she can, to get closer to one of her people. She’s pretty good about not jumping on me, though. She’ll be practically vibrating when she sees me walk in the gate but will manage to sit for petting.

    Like your husband, I was the calmer one. My husband kind of threw a party when he came home for awhile there, and he still has more issue with her jumping on him. I know it pisses him off sometimes. He verbally corrects, though, and she quits.

    Luckily she only ever jumped on us. No one else. The one time she jumped on a friend of mine, I did a hard correct with a much firmer voice than I’d normally use, and she has never done it again. Absolutely against the rules – with a 75 lb GSD, that’s just too dangerous – and luckily that message got through.

    As for teaching her, I’d come home and calmly say hi. We use the command “four paws” to mean four on the floor, and I would praise calmly for a “good four paws.” It didn’t take her long to figure out what that meant; she’s smart. The longer haul was waiting for her to grow up and gain some impulse control. She was a puppy with a puppy brain, and I would see her trying her very best not to jump and not being able to help herself. I would remind her “four paws” in that case and then praise when she got it right.

    If she did the crazy jumping and play biting, I did a hard correct, if nothing else to snap her out of an upward insanity spiral. It wasn’t done aggressively or with a raised voice, but I did it immediately and calmly. And I didn’t have to do it very many times. But I’ve also got a pretty resilient dog who isn’t easily fazed. She’d look a little sheepish for a second and then move on with life. If I had a soft dog, I don’t think I’d have been able to do that.

    I promise it’s worth it when they get to be about two or three and so many of the annoying behaviors kind of drop off. The most I really have to do 99% of the time is either, “Uh!” or a “mom look” and my dog remembers and adjusts her behavior.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Thank you, helps to hear what worked for you! Remy is also resilient for the most part so I don’t have to be careful with corrections with him either. He moves on with life immediately too.

      1. Mine had annoying behaviors drop off at around 12 months, at around 15, at around 18, at around 24, and I noticed her really calming down more around her 3rd birthday. Not that she doesn’t have plenty of energy, but the maturity is apparent.

        Around Christmas, we were visiting my parents and my mom left some appetizers sitting on a table right at nose level. My dog quietly started sidling over to help herself but happened to catch my eye and I pulled out the “mom look.” My dog stopped in her tracks, looked abashed, and backed off. I didn’t have to say a word. My sister-in-law thought it was hilarious.

    2. Our 16 mo Airedale does the same thing ! She’ll do a “drive-by” jump and bite, which really hurts. I’ll be walking in our backyard & she will dash by, jump up & nip me. Dangerous, painful and completely disrespectful ! I hate it.

      1. susie blalock

        I HAVE A MASTIFF SIX MONTHS AND SHE DOES THE SAME THING AND SHE GETS THIS WAY WITH MY GRAND DAUGHTER EVERY TIME SHE GETS AROUND HER SHE ATTACKS HER AND I COME INTO THE MIX TRYING TO SAVE HER IT IS SCAREY

  2. I wonder about considering more of a physical versus a verbal correction. So stepping forward in anticipation of a jump or putting a firm hand in the path of his nose so that he bops himself before he gets too high. These were both some of the recommendations that our trainer had.

    Do you play in the house? I wonder about holding off on playing indoors for a little while until he has some better self control.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I think a calm, consistent correction could work if I do it right (like Josh does and like KL did). And we do play a little in the house but not much. When he jumps he’s definitely trying to play! Maybe I should always have him lay down and stay before and after we play.

      1. I have an almost 8 month old American Bulldog mix. He has jumped and nipped at me so much I am covered in bruises. I have been doing a crate time out inside but outside he gets wild! No doesn’t work. I have been putting my knee up to stop him from lunging at me. He just started obedience training and behaved well on leash.

    2. I did use the lifted knee technique as well, or a hip check. I wasn’t kneeing her square in the chest, but lifting my leg so she collided with my shin or turning my hip outward made the jumping experience less fun. That was for regular excited jumping. I’d pair with the calm reminder, “Four paws” and then instantly mark and praise when she had all four feet on the ground. Excited jumping was different from crazy jumping. Excited jumping could be used to teach.

      If she was going absolutely crazy (which I think puppies just sometimes seem to do), and greeting me with her teeth into the bargain, then I’d pull her to the ground by the collar and pull out the deadly quiet, “Four paws” to snap her out of it. (This was when she’d look a little sheepish for a second, like she couldn’t believe she’d lost control, and then move on.) I didn’t have to do that to her more than about 3 times total, though.

  3. My 6 month pit bull mix has the jumping issue. Not so bad when on leash when walking. He will sit but I can see him vibrate with anticipation. He is getting better at home off leash but will lapse during his zoomie time at night. The scariest is when he mouths our hands or arms. He doesn’t bite but tries to get our attention with the jumping and mouth grabbing. Ignoring him helps but we also crate him when we see signs of his zoomie coming on. I’d love to walk him more. But first he is not a fan of long walks. He rather run and play in the yard. Second it is very hot in Arizona this time of year so his walks and play time is limited. He is making progress slowly but surely.

    1. Lambeau is a pit mix. That zoomie and jumping thing is very common in pitties- the pit bull body slam! Lambeau did it regularly as a puppy when we played. He’d get way too excited and then the brain shuts off and bam! off he’d go. He’d jump at my arms with open mouth. Like yours, not biting, but those teeth are sharp and he was strong as a puppy. I had bruises on my arms from him. Tossing a few pieces of food off to the side usually got him interested in that, and calmed his brain enough to listen. He stopped doing it constantly for a long time, but has picked it up again lately in the house. We’re working on it again.

  4. We call this bwhavior “Scouty dance”. He doesn’t jump on us but jumps up on a couch or bed and runs, stopping quickly with enough force to slide the furniture, and reverses direction and repeats this for about a minute. He is a 35 pound adult so this can knock over side tables. He has what apoears to be a big smile when he does this.The behavior didn’t start until he was an adult and it is mostly precipitated by another of our dogs, not us. Unless he is destructive, we just laugh and let it go or try to redirect it outside. Recently he has added a new version where he goes under our bed and pops out to play hide and seek with his friend. As soon as she acknowledges him, he goes back under the bed skirt and his head reappears on another side. I’ve also played this game with him. As long as his isn’t destructive, we just laugh andlet it go.
    BTW: posts don’t need to include vulgar language. Thank you.

  5. Oh I hear ya! Thankfully my dogs don’t jump much but they do plenty of other things to frustrate me. My Collie gets very overwhelmed sometimes. And simple things like crossing the road gets her panicked (she likes to follow the path and when we cross a road and have no path to “follow”, she doesn’t know what to do and cant seem to walk in a straight line). Or another example, the pure excitement that comes over the dogs when I am trying to put on a lead. I get SOOOOO annoyed and I am trying so so hard to stay calm. But easier said than done!

    As I live alone, I am with the dogs all the time and the only person who walks, feeds and plays with them so my boyfriend just doesn’t understand why I get so frustrated. and I think its the same with you and Josh. Josh gets to have breaks whereas you don’t! Its understandable why Remy seems to react better to Josh. Sometimes I think the dogs would listen to a stranger better than me! 🙂

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Haha! Thank you for your examples. Makes me feel better! Yes, I feel like I never get a break! 🙂

  6. Um, the better at two or three? Not always! If you remember, Lambeau is almost 4 now, and he has picked up this aggressive jumping thing again recently! He’s like Remy- they look about the size and he’s 59 lbs. and strong. And mostly with me. Like you, he is so much better with my husband. If Lambeau tries to jump at him, he just tells him “NO!” and Lambeau usually just sits right down. Not so much with me. It’s usually when I go up to my office at night before we settle in to watch TV for the evening. It may be because Lambeau knows he’s getting his raw bone when we go downstairs. He races up the stairs ahead of me, and when I get there (or sometimes while I’m still on the stairs! Not good!!) he will jump, mouth at my hands, and race around the room, only to slam into me again. I have started doing what you do: totally ignoring him. If I can get there, I will stand in the corner with my arms folded so he can’t grab my hands, or go sit in my desk chair, with my back to him. He will race around the room a bit, and sometimes grab and shake the blanket up there for him to lay on. I try not to react at all. It took a bit of time, but his outbursts are lasting for shorter and shorter amounts of time now. I think he’s beginning to realize that acting like that gets him nothing and just prolongs the time until that tasty bone because I won’t move or go downstairs again until he’s calm. I just have to be really consistent and make sure he gets nothing in response. I may try your food idea, also. When he did the pit bull body slam thing as a puppy, tossing some kibble redirected his mind and let him calm down again. Maybe that will help here, too. They never cease to make life interesting, do they?

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Haha! I know it’s not funny but I had to laugh at your comment because it’s funny when it’s happening to someone other than me! I’m glad you can relate. Remy will also grab rugs, pillows, blankets or dog beds and shake them. Very frustrating!

      1. I have been using your idea of dropping a few pieces of kibble before Lambeau gets to the excited stage. No fuss, no asking for a behavior, just drop a few pieces at the top of the second floor, and few more when I get up to my third floor office. It seems to help. At least it distracts him enough that I can get to my desk without risk of being run over! And then, if he stays calm, I will reward him from my chair with praise and more food. So far, it seems to be helping. The first few dropped pieces get his mind on something other than jumping and running, and then rewarding him for staying calm will (I hope!) reinforce that. He’s a work in progress, for sure.

        1. Lindsay Stordahl

          Yes, the dropping food idea was meant to hopefully break the jumping habit. We shall see! Haha.

  7. I’m Charlotte. The smarter one in my life is Joker, a 75 lb black Lab. We’re both grads of Guide Dogs for the Bline Inc. in San Rafael, CA, and Boring, OR.
    I have worked for nearly 30 years with guide dogs as my companions. (And if you’re wondering, I didn’t come up with his awesome name).
    Joker’s personality fits the name. He’s headstrong, 100% convinced, and, fortunately, makes the right decisions about our guide work nearly every time.
    That being said, he’s my first dog who loves to get airborn on the front end. usually, thank goodness, not when he is working, but, when the distraction is dogs somewhere in the vicinity, sometimes all bets are off.
    So…since bringing him home two years ago, I’ve worked with the trainers from Guide Dogs on the distraction issue, which sometimes includes pretty amazing leaps, bounds, and general attempts to walk on his hind legs. Not something I have dealt with with other Guide Dogs.
    The thing that struck a note with me from your description was how you verbalized with Remy. You sounded like you were describing me with Joker! When I spoke with the Guide Dog floks about it, the trainer over the phone said, “Charlotte, when you bark a ‘No!’, all Joker hears is an excited bark. You’re barking and getting excited, so he barks and gets excited, too! It’s a game.”
    And, although I read your post yesterday, I thought of you…and me…when I came across this article …
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201402/how-the-dogs-brain-reads-human-emotions
    Thank you for your blog. I’m new, so still exploring!

  8. We have tried all of these tips and tricks with no success. We have a very energetic, stubborn 11 month old 95+ lb Mastiff/Coonhound puppy. He isn’t aggressive but very in your face and jumps on you when he greets someone, wants to play or just feels like he needs extra attention. We are considering trainers but where we live there are not many options so they are usually booked for months at a time. Any suggestions?

    1. susie blalock

      I HAVE A SIX MONTH OLD MASTIFF TOO THAT BITES JUMPS AND HAVE TRIED IN HOME TRAINING AND OUTSIDE TRAINING THEY SUGGEST PUTTING A CORRECTIVE COLLAR ON DOG WITH LEASH WHEN JUMPING STATS PUT FOOT ON LEASH AND MAKE HER SUBMISSIVE WORKS IF YOU HAVE LEASH ON HER ALREADY

  9. Sandy Weinstein

    unfortunately, i let my girls jump on me, when i come home they are so excited to see me, they jump on me and want me to pick them up and hold and kiss them. sometimes i will just turn and tell them no, and they will listen. the youngest is very loving and she likes to go up to people and not really jump on them, my girls dont really jump, they just lean on the leg for someone to pet them. they have never really jumped on people, except maybe when someone is sitting in my house and they want to be in their lap. however, it is a gentle jump, not really a jump, they just crawl into someone’s lap and want to be loved and petted. they are not aggressive. they just like to be petted and loved on. i realize this would be a big problem if i had big dogs but mine weigh only abt 15 lbs. they will get down if i tell them to though.

  10. I haven’t read all the comments so I don’t know if this has been mentioned, but what works for my rambunctious and people-loving lab is a squirt bottle…at the time he jumps-or gets ready to- I say no! and simultaneous squirt water on him. now I all have to do is wave the bottle BEFORE he gets close enough to jump.

  11. After attempting many different corrections for this type of jumping with our coonhound and him not responding I ordered “Doggie Don’t”. He responds instantly to the noise and after a few days he was no longer jumping. It has been about 6 months and he still occassionally loses his mind and thinks about jumping, especially when he knows we are going to daycare; I just point at him and he sits down now. My lab is not a jumper and when she hears the sound it doesn’t phase her so this may not work for every dog but it certainly was worth the money for him.

  12. Firstly- thank you for being so open and honest. It’s hard to admit when you have difficulties with your dog at times.
    I have also been through something similar with my dog. My husband is the alpha and my dog will obey him without being bribed with treats.
    I was once told by a dog trainer that although my dog loves me, he doesn’t respect me. My 40kg doberman used to jump up at me, nip and also bark at me when I would tell him off. Treats worked a great deal – high value ones.
    Although I love dogs, I am not the best at training dogs. You could say I’m a soft touch as I care a lot and couldn’t seem to ignore my dog-even when I was just walking past him. i loved the affection that dogs could give their owners.
    Over the past few months I realized that my behaviour was detrimental to me dogs training and his wellbeing (he was starting to whine a lot when I left him alone in the house) so I gradually started changing my own behaviour towards him. Putting on my stern voice to tell him off, ignoring him. Making him wait longer before he was allowed to eat his food. We also had him castrated ( I don’t need anyone’s opinion, thanks).
    We are in a much better place now- I don’t feel that he is as difficult to manage now and he respects me more. When he misbehaves I get him to focus on me or get him in a sit or down position to refocus him. Everyday is a day to learn and progress with dogs and I’m glad I had the sense to see where I was going wrong. I hope you find something that works for you.

  13. my girls dont really jump on people except sometimes me after i have been gone for awhile. they are small dogs and will put their feet on someone’s leg, wanting them to be petted. however, if i tell them to get down, they will. i know this can be a big problem if my girls were big dogs.

  14. My dog is about 5 years old. He lived the first part of his life outside, on a chain, with very little human contact. A rescue saved him, neutered him, and I brought him home. He has been with me for 9 months. I have been able to teach him, “no bite’ and “we don’t pee on the bed”. I’m not worried about commands (yet). I would REALLY like to stop the body slamming, though. My problem is that sharp correction sends Davey under the bed for hours. I know it takes patience. (My last, similar rescue took 2 years to realize she was safe) I just wish I could find a way to calm Davey down, because he is almost vicious in his body slamming.

  15. my dog’s jumping is very wrong. he jumps on my stomach alot and one time it cost me 123,000.00 dollars. when he jumped on my stomach he blocked my colon and i had to have the above surgery. so please be careful where he jumps

  16. I tried everything with my very hyper 70 lb
    lab/boxer but nothing worked consistently.
    A friend mentioned holding paws when he jumps and
    it worked immediately. You just have to hold
    the paws long enough for them to not like it
    and cry and try to pull their paws free. Then let go, if they jump again, hold their paws again. It usually only takes 2 or 3 times before they will sit when asked and not jump. The next time they jump do it again and they usually stop immediately. It has worked on big and little dogs. Try it, they won’t like it but you will.

  17. I feel like I have just joined a “ frustrating dog jumping club” my 18mth old GR Obi launches at my face when he is excited. I am 60 and not so nimble and it’s getting harder to dodge the massive 40kgs of solid missile. When he does eventually calm down and sit, I tell him what a good boy he is, he will explode again! Praise just sends him into a leaping mass of excitability. I tried the holding paws thing but it doesn’t work- more attention for him. Distraction partially works but as I have 4 other Goldens and take them for a walk together, this is when he is at his worst. Hopefully he will grow out of it before he breaks a bone or two.

    1. Oh gosh, mine has gotten better now that he’s 2.5 and what seemed to work best was to truly disengage from him 100% for jumping. And make sure he gets plenty of exercise.

  18. Great article on keeping dogs from jumping! Thank you!

    I’ve personally used the Doggie Don’t and Pet Convincer/Pet Corrector, both very effective tools which don’t physically harm the dog.

    What I have found effective is doing basically what a dog does when another dog jumps on it and it doesn’t like it – they growl and bite the other dog. I take my hand and shape the fingers into the shape of a claw ( think eagle talons). When the dog attempts to jump on you- before it actually makes contact, jab the dog firmly in the neck. At the same time I will say in a very firm voice “OFF” ( and really put your energy into it and mean it! ). Done properly this will not hurt the dog, but it will make it very clear you are claiming your space and jumping on you will not be tolerated. “OFF” is the the verbal cue I use instead of the word “NO” as the dog too often hears “NO” so much it looses its effectiveness. Be consistent and fair, if other people allow your dog to jump on them it is going to confuse the dog and make the training ineffective.
    For stopping jumping on other people – keep the dog on leash, obedience train “DOWN” and “STAY” commands and enforce them.

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